Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated February 2013
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Evernote

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Impressive organizational tool has limitless uses

Subjects & skills
Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Creativity

Subjects
  • English Language Arts
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
6-12
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Pros: Evernote makes it easy to access notes or saved information across devices.

Cons: The tool is only valuable if used effectively.

Bottom Line: This free information-management tool can help kids become tech-savvy and learn to better organize their digital lives.

Teachers and students can use Evernote for a range of tasks. Students can collect research for an upcoming project or paper, or teachers can share assignments, resources, or reading materials. A student misses a class brainstorming session? Snap a picture of the whiteboard or capture the smart board and save it on Evernote.

The developer's website has many ideas on how to use Evernote for lesson planning, classroom management, and instruction. Ideas are organized for teachers in traditional K-12 classrooms, higher education, and 1-to-1 initiation schools.

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With a history of rave reviews on the business, personal, and home-management fronts, Evernote has moved into the classroom. A cloud-based storage system, it allows teachers and students to access information from multiple devices and locations. Students can create notes, snap images, make checklists, or record audio on a mobile device or computer and make the information available on any other device or computer. The information in the notes is searchable, and notes can be tagged with keywords for easy retrieval. Location tagging is also automatically on. Students can create multiple folders to organize notes. Premium accounts can be linked automatically, but even in the free version, kids can share links to their notes or information.

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This productivity app can shift the way kids manage information in school and the way teachers share it. Once kids learn how to use it, it can enhance their learning by keeping information on hand and organized. The interface is easy to use, especially for the touch-screen generation. Notes save quickly and can be accessed easily. With audio, text, and image capabilities, Evernote can track almost any piece of information. The search function makes finding notes easy, even if kids forget to tag topics. However, the text-within-image searches are hit or miss. The portability of data is really impressive. In a time when many teachers have a personal smart phone and a tablet for school, Evernote takes away the worry of not having the right device when needed.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Kids will take to this tool easily and will excitedly use it with friends and classmates.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Evernote helps develop important tech skills valuable in future school and workplace settings. If kids use it with guidance, they can improve research and organization skills and learn to better manage digital information.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Evernote's website and app offer numerous ideas and tutorials for utilizing the app fully.


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Amanda Bindel Classroom teacher

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Sassa W. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Cabell Midland High School
Ona, WV
An excellent organizational tool for home and school

Personally, I love this app. I link notes with my husband for practical home organization like grocery lists, even being able to take photos of specific items and embed them with the lists. I can see this being very useful in the classroom for homework, research, and general organization of notes.

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