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Limitless ways to save resources, but must have own email address
How I Use It
I use Evernote personally to organize my resources, write out lesson ideas, share with colleagues, and so much more. Teachers can have folders to collect examples from specific students. I've seen an elementary teacher have the students record themselves reading out loud to track reading proficiency. I use it to record myself when I have great ideas and don't have easy assess to pencil and paper, like when a great lesson pops into mind when trying to fall asleep. It is easy and only takes a few seconds.
Our district has BYOT policies, so students are reliant on technology that works well on mobile devices or across devices. Evernote is not the only option, but it is a favorite with the students. The note creation options are practical. They use Evernote to record in class activities, to write down homework and to-do lists, and for class notes. Sometimes the class notes is just a photo of the Interactive Whiteboard that can be attached to a note instead of re-writing everything. When students create something on a website and it gives them the option to email, there is an easy way to send it directly to Evernote. Evernote automatically generates an email address specifically associated with the Evernote account. Students can email directly from the website into Evernote, and based on the subject line it would tell place it in a folder or tag the item. If they were to create a cartoon and didn't want to save it to the computer, they could email it directly into Evernote. Folders can also be shared with individuals or groups.
Evernote will work when a device is not connected to the Internet. So a student could use on the bus without wi-fi, and as soon as they have Internet access the folder and note would sync up. I've taken advantage of this while flying and wanting to maximize my seat time. Once I landed, everything was synced to my Evernote account, and I had access from all my devices.
Evernote is a great option to offer students. It would also be useful for teachers who were trying to organize their digital life. Once someone figures out the folders and tagging system, they have limitless opportunities to save and find resources for the future. Images, audio, text, websites, and files can be added to notes in Evernote.
Evernote offers organization that is lacking on many iOS devices and also on shared school computers. As long as a student has a username and login, they can access their resources from anywhere they have the Internet, including mobile devices. Evernote also has apps specifically designed for different mobile devices to make using Evernote more efficient on each. Evernote goes beyond a single app; they have a series of apps. There are also a plethora of apps that pair up with Evernote. This is especially useful on iOS devices when you have the option to 'Save To' and put in an organized folder with tags.
There are two aspects of Evernote that could be improved. Anyone who wants to sign up for Evernote must have an actual email address. There's a confirmation email that you have to click to be able to log on to Evernote for the first time. So in school districts that do not provide students with email, or for younger students who would not have their own email, they will not be able to take advantage of Evernote. There is also a size limitation to the free account. For the free Evernote account you're limited to 60 MB a month. The premium account allows 1GB per month of uploads, but costs $4.99 a month. If students are just adding text notes, they could easily use the free account. But if students were reliant on Evernote for multimedia objects, they would run out of free space quickly.