How I Use It
I worked with a special needs student that was having trouble getting all of his notes down in his American History class. I taught him to record the lecture while he was taking notes. This gave him a chance to review what the teacher was saying at home while he was reading over his notes. If he missed something from his notes, then he was able to hear it again. The student really enjoyed being able to listen to the recording while reviewing his notes. He found that there were certain times in class when he would “zone out” and miss typing something in. This particular student wasn’t a very effective typist so he struggled to get notes into the app. He became accustomed to listening to the lecture he had taped so he soon began to quit taking notes along with the instructor. The student came away loving the app but it somewhat became a crutch for him that we eventually had to wean him off.
Evernote is fantastic for kids who need to take notes in classes such as History or Science. I like that the app is easy to use and gives you two ways of reviewing your notes if you choose to record the lecture and type notes at the same time. I can’t think of any ways that this product could serve students better.