Categories: Productivity, Note-taking, Collaborative writing
Availability: Desktop, Browser, iOS, Android
Uses: Organisation, Facilitate discussion, Collaborative/social learning, Reflection, Providing Feedback
What is it?
Evernote, at its most basic level, is a note-taking application that allows users to save information in a variety of formats, including typed or voice-recorded notes, images, documents and webpages. These notes can be organised into notebooks and can be synced across your mobile devices for easy access. The video below offers a nice case study of its use for mobile note-taking and sharing:
How can I use it?
Evernote can be used to organise and share notes and provide your students with feedback on their work. The following example outlines how you can provide feedback to a student or group through Evernote:
- Go to https://evernote.com/ and create a new account
- Evernote has three account levels with varying features
- Evernote can be used on your computer through a browser or through a desktop application
- Download the Evernote app on your mobile devices and login with your account details to sync notes across all of your devices
- Download the Evernote Web Clipper extension for your preferred browser. This will allow you to save sections of webpages or the full page itself straight to one of your notebooks.
- Use notebooks and stacks to organise your lecturing notes by year group and module
- You can create a notebook for individual students which will hold all of their submitted work, including any emails you forward to the notebook. Alternatively, ask each student to create a free Evernote account and a dedicated notebook for your class from which they can share work.
- Record verbal or written feedback in notes, or annotate pdfs and share notes or notebooks with the student through Evernote.
- Giving students editing privileges for a notebook allows them to upload new content or add comments for you to access
Why should I use it?
Evernote offers a relatively seamless means of saving, organising and sharing information.
- Text notes offer typical word processing formatting options making Evernote useful for short notes as well as longer documents and assignments
- Evernote allows you to create links between content and add various media to notes making it easier to highlight the relevance of material for your students
- Students can use Evernote to create portfolios of work or organise content for group projects
- Both students and lecturers can keep assessments, notes and communications in one place making it easier to keep track of progress
- Evernote provides a Presentation Mode for some of its applications allowing you or your students to quickly present notes and information (available to premium users)
Evernote can be used very effectively on mobile. Evernote widgets can be added to your phone for quick access to the frequently used features, such as audio notes or search, making it easier to find and save notes when on the move. It can also be used along with your device’s inbuilt text-to-speech or voice recognition features to add notes more efficiently, see the steps here.
Each Evernote account has a unique email address that can be used to forward emails directly to be saved to your default Evernote notebook. This information can be found in your Evernote account and the email address can be saved in your preferred email client for future use.
Where can I find it?
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