‘An app a day’ – Day 5 – Evernote

An app a day – Day 5: Evernote

app evernote

Cost: Free

Suggested user group: Students

About the app: The developers state that “Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organised, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.” You can read more about Evernote here on their website: https://evernote.com/

Evernote has been around for quite some time and many of us are likely already using it. However, there are so many ways to use it that it would be wonderful to hear about how it is being used by yourself and students at your school. If you aren’t using it, today is the perfect day to get started!

What to do now:

  • Download the appropriate app for your device from the links below (If you are reading this post on your device, tapping the link will redirect you to the Apple App Store/Google Play Store)
  • Open the app (and sign up if required)
  • Spend a bit of time today experimenting with the app to get used to how it works

Apple app: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/evernote/id281796108?mt=8

Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evernote&hl=en

What to do later today:

Now that you have had experiences with the app, it is time to share your thoughts and ideas with your colleagues about how the app can be useful to teachers and/or students. Feel free to express your opinions by clicking on ‘LEAVE A COMMENT’ at the bottom of this post and filling in the required fields in the pop up box. Please note: posting comments allows you to claim participation towards your PD hours.

The following are some suggested comment starters but feel free to discuss anything beyond this:

  • How could you use this app to assist yourself in your personal work duties?
  • How could you use this app with students?
  • If you are already using this app, how have you been using it yourself/with students?
  • Do you have any alternative apps that fulfil the same purpose that you would recommend? Is one app preferable to use?
  • What are your general thoughts about the usability of this app?

Hope you all enjoy experimenting with this app today and we look forward to reading your comments!


8 thoughts on “‘An app a day’ – Day 5 – Evernote

  1. This is a FABULOUS app and it’s a powerful little piece of software. It definitely makes life easier with taking notes; it’s searching capability and sharing. After you capture a note, Evernote can upload everything to a destination you direct it to. Also your notes are nicely indexed for easy search and retrieval. It also enables you to sync to all your other devices. I love being able to take an image with its camera option and then make notes based on it!

    A lot of our students use Evernote as their note taking software of choice. It’s effectiveness and ease of use ensures it’s a winner every time. I have asked some of my students why they prefer Evernote and they have said, “It’s easy to use and it just works!”. Sold!

    These are just a few of the reasons why I use Evernote. There is clearly a myriad of dandy little tricks with Evernote, so download and get using!!

  2. I love this app and as mentioned in an earlier post use it for everything. It is great for organising and editing notes and information. You can set up different notebooks so could have one for each subject, topic etc. You can add a web clipper to your browser so it clips to your notebook at the click of a button. You can record voice notes as well. You can email to your evernote account. Links in with Skitch and penultimate. This app syncs with all your devices so you have all your info wherever you go. Wouldn’t be without it!!

    • Thanks Sharon,

      As well as Evernote linking with PenUltimate for Apple users, for those with Android devices, feel free to download “PenSupremacy”. Using this app, you can make handwritten notes on your Android device and send them to your Evernote records/ files. Excellent!

  3. I too have been using Evernote to organise notes. They are easily edited and the fact that they sync to all devices is the overall big plus. I haven’t yet used it enough for notes on images and looking forward to playing with this aspect more.
    I certainly encourage students to use it as the folder organisation helps them enormously.

  4. One of the best features of Evernote is that I can sync it across all devices. I have recently been practicing using it to annotate newspaper articles using the associated app Penultimate and then saving my work into Evernote. Evernote is also brilliant for PD events and meetings as I can’t misplace notes anymore!

  5. http://youtu.be/U-bPLlXCkIE posted by Secondary Solutions provides an interesting overview of the software.

    This software could provide the bridge between pen and screen. We have been using laptops for a few years now and we have arrived at a point of review and reflection. There is tension between the effectiveness of writing and reading on screens based on the premise that deep learning occurs when using pen and paper; this might be contentious, but it is the premise for the discussion. More fully, writing with a pen is slower, more linear and the product of greater consideration and reflection arguabley whilst writing with a keyboard is quicker, less considered resulting in backward editing which results in muddy communication of central ideas and awkward syntax. Also, reading is less sustained from screens and cannot be annotated as efficiently as it can be from paper. Hence, this software given its ability to search photographs could present a solution whereby students can photograph their handwritten work and store it with their digital work so that they can organise their preparation to synthesise more effectively their understandings for assessment tasks. However, the adoption of this software would require reconsideration of rules around the use of cameras in classes (a privacy and cyber safety issue) and the adoption of a bring your own device rule. Food for thought at a ‘walled garden’ institution.

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