How I Use It
So far I have used it to help students collect information for research, done either individually or in groups. I would like to take more advantage of sharing to do collaborative research. One great advantage of Evernote is that it is available across platforms and devices, so even when we have students bring in their own devices, everyone has access.
I hope to make use of Evernote this year to build awareness of how information is used. How would an image be tagged by various characters in a novel? If searching for a tag brings up notes from different subject areas, what connections can we make? I hope to use Evernote to further deepen our community memory.
Evernote allows a user to capture and organize information in a personal archive that can be accessed across just about any device or platform. Notes (text, voice, images, sketches, video, handwriting) can be tagged and organized in notebooks. It is possible to share these notebooks. Notes can be found later with robust search tools. Evernote even treats handwritten notes as text to make them searchable.
Learning the basics is easy, and Evernote at its most basic is a helpful tool for storing information that you might want to access later from anywhere. It can become an even more powerful learning experience by helping students think about the various tools Evernote provides for organization and use. How tags can help suggest connections between ideas, how information can take a wide variety of forms but still be accessible, how information can be used collaboratively to build understanding -- there are many ways to help students think about their thinking as they are collecting information.