How I Use It
Students collect websites with webclipper that they intend to use for sources, make virtual notecards with the "add note" feature, and tag each article with source info, subtopic, and "notecard" or "source." I also had them put working bibs and outlines in separate notes for easy, one-stop-shopping grading. Evernote accounts are linked with student emails, so if I saw issues, I could email them immediately to fix it before they were 30 cards in doing it the wrong way. This had especially stunning results for IEP students and students who don't always excel academically (though I'm not sure what about taking digital notecards as opposed to paper ones is all that different). Pretty much the only things I would do differently this year are pay attention to how they NAME folders that are shared (so I don't get 120 "Research Paper" folders), and I would use it MORE! I'm thinking to tag & organize daily notes or story responses. The possibilities are endless. Students' favorite part of this tool was that they could see real, practical applications for college and life use. I immediately saw students starting folders for other classes to proactively organize their own material. It was wonderful!
I absolutely adore this website (with apps for phones, etc., and the Webclipper extension added) as a way to revolutionize the research paper for my juniors. I used all-digital tools and never had to see a paper copy of anything, including notecards (which Evernote replaced!). Because students had to manipulate their sources and notebooks were "shared" with me, I could easily check their progress at any depth-level I wanted to at any time. Notebooks could also be shared with parents to open communication lines! Evernote ended "I forgot/lost my notecards" excuses, since they were always digitally on demand. It also allowed me to check sources for quality and plagiarism really easily. The only con was that only about 120 notebooks could be shared with me (for free) at a time that I could see. The rest were available as links in my email. Other than that, this would get 6 stars if possible!