Teacher Review For Evernote

Great way to organized and record notes digitally from all devices.

Sheila M.
Classroom teacher
Dakota High School
Macomb Township, MI
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
It is a great student tool for recording information through lecture, group work, etc. There are no more excuses about not bringing home notes from class because the information is always accessible. Like all digital tools, however, there is a problem with teachers ensuring that students are not using "other" digital resources. Students with access to this web app also have access to anything else on the web or on their tablet/computer. There is really no way to ensure that students are actively engaged in the lesson unless a teacher is watching what they are doing on the screen and/or sharing with the teacher the information they recorded. I use it in class for students to record information in a lesson or to record group work. I personally use it for classes that I take myself and I also have a recipe book of screenshots of recipes that I want to make. My only criticism is that I wish there was a way to make folders within notebooks to categorize information in each group. For example - if there is a history notebook, I wish there was a way to then make smaller notebooks by unit or lesson. Note pages can get very long.
My Take
Evernote is a free app that can be downloaded and used across all student devices. It is a note taking app that allows students to take notes, take pictures (example - maps, charts, etc. related to the lesson), and record audio of a teacher during the lesson. Once saved on the device in school, students can access that information from their tablets, phones, or home computers. Students like it because it is a digital tool. They don't have to write notes or record information on paper. They can do this all with Evernote. They can organize notes by class and share them with other students.