How I Use It
I used Evernote with my 6th and 7th grade Math, Science, ELA, and Social Studies classes. I created digital notebooks within Evernote for each class. Inside of the notebooks I would then create notes that contained copies of handouts, clippings of web pages, and what I called our digital textbook chapters. Both students and parents told me that they really liked that there was a central location that they could visit to find all of the handouts for my class. I constantly would hear my students say "Yeah but did you check Evernote?"
My favorite part about Evernote is that I was able to quickly create digital textbook chapters for my students. Using the WebClipper I was able to piece together information from several different resources and place them into one centralized location. An Evernote note is awesome because it can contain text, images, audio files, files, and video. By creating a digital textbook I was able to reach multiple learning modalities. My students especially enjoyed the fact that they could read a brief paragraph about a topic and then immediately watch a video about that same topic.
If you plan on using Evernote I highly suggesting the Web Clipper and IFTTT.com. With the Web Clipper you can capture and annotate screenshots, PDFs, selections, or entire web pages. This is extremely helpful for sharing websites with your students that are blocked by your schools content filter. I used IFTTT.com to create recipes that helped automate and back up my classroom. Using IFTTT.com you can create recipes that will automatically back up your class blog and social media accounts.
Even though I never personally had the opportunity to have my students create notes in Evernote, I have heard of teachers having their students use it to create, collect, and collaborate with their peers.
Overall I think that Evernote is a great teaching tool for organizing, sharing, and documenting the learning that occurs your classroom. The ability for both students and teachers to create, collect, and collaborate is perfect for the modern student. I would highly recommend Evernote to anyone looking to create a paperless classroom and share documents with students and parents. It is very easy to use and does not require a ton of tech expertise.....ohh and it's free!