Evernote for Education
Lots of Great Resources about Evernote in Education
Lots of Great Resources about Evernote in Education
What is Evernote?
Evernote is a way to get organized. It is a great, free resource that allows you to easily capture information using whatever device or operating system you use. It then makes this information accessible and searchable from anywhere. Their tagline: “Remember Everything.” It is a digital notebook that allows you to take text notes, clip web pages, upload images and files, and much more.
You can capture task lists, notes, web pages, white boards, business cards, pictures, and even clip web pages or parts of webpages to Evernote.
It is easy to use, very powerful, and there are plenty of places to get help using it.
You can download a desktop version of the software, for free, which will sync to the Evernote web server, or you can just access it through the internet on their web page. The desktop software can also export your Evernote data in multiple formats. You can also access it through a mobile device.
They have downloadable mobile applications for Android, iOS, HP/Palm webOS, Blackberry, and Windows Mobile devices. The Android and iOS apps let you sync data on your device also. The desktop version of the software is available for Windows and Mac and there are browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
Evernote has some great videos to explain what it is and how to use it. The videos are great if you are trying to explain Evernote to someone else. http://evernote.com/video/
Here's one that I love to use to explain Evernote: "Evernote: Remember Everything"
I use the desktop version at home and the office, the Android app on my HTC One smartphone, my tablets, web version on my Chromebook. The desktop version sync's all of the data to your computer (good for backup) and you can also export your notes in a variety of formats for backup.
You can create new notes via desktop, web, or mobile version. You can also use your camera phone or web cam to take a snapshot and Evernote can even recognize the text in the image. This is very useful for capturing signs, posters, printed memos, and more and then being able to search for text inside the image.
You can upload attachments to your notes in Evernote to keep documents organized with the notes they go with. If you want to make sure that attached files are kept up to date, you can just modify them from Evernote. Simply right-click on the attached file in Evernote, choose “open with” and the software that you want to use, make the changes and then hit “save” and Evernote will automatically be updated with the latest version of the file. This works for images, PDFs, PowerPoint, Excel, Word and more.
You can also email notes, clip web pages, record audio notes, and scan papers, receipts and more into Evernote. Evernote web clippers are available for Chrome, Safari and Firefox and you can even add one onto your own website.
I love Evernote. I use it for everything. Lesson plans, lesson schedules, notes, web clippings, lesson resources, travel notes and much more. I can access it on any computer and from my smartphone. I can even share notes and notebooks with other people (like my students). It is an indispensable app for me. I have my notes organized by topic and I have reference notes, lesson plans, tech tips, and much more on here. What I really love, is that I can access my notes from any internet enabled computer or smartphone. I also like the ability to "clip" web sites into a note in Evernote. What's great, is that hyperlinks on the web page are kept when clipped into Evernote. You can also attach files to your notes.
Does it Cost Money?
Yes and No. There is a free version that is very, very powerful and there is a Premium version that adds more upload memory and more features.
All accounts have a limit of 100,000 notes. I have been using Evernote for years and use it for nearly everything and only have 3400 notes. In the free account, each note has a maximum file size of 25MB while the Premium users have a 50MB limit.
Free accounts have a 60MB upload allowance per month and Premium accounts have a 1024 MB upload allowance. There are no limits to the amount of data you have stored in your account, just how much you can upload each month. I have a Premium account, but most users will only need the free account. I rarely go above 60MB a month myself.
Evernote Premium gives you bigger upload capacity, offers greater sharing options, gives you access to note history, and more. Plus, you get PDF searching, faster image recognition, and no ads. All for just $5.00 per month or $45.00 per year. There are also group discounts and education accounts for schools and districts.
How Can I use Evernote as a Teacher, Student, Administrator?
Evernote is an excellent resource for education. Teachers can use it for meeting notes, research, lesson plans, task lists, lesson resources, references, and much more. Students can use it to take notes in class, organize their homework, research and projects, and make a list of things to do.
(Evernote for Schools is a new site from Evernote that has tips, resources, ideas and more on how to use Evernote in Education)
Administrators can make notes, task lists, organize resources, create agendas and procedures and share them with their staff, and so much more.
Evernote is my main lesson and resource organizational tool. I have notebooks setup for lesson plans and lesson resources, along with notebooks for things to do, things to research, and things to share. My lesson plan notes are set up by unit and have the objectives, links, resources, and attached files (like handouts and lab packets). I also have notes setup by week that I use to keep track of where each class is and to schedule my plans out. I can easily share resources and information with my students or colleagues. I have notebooks for faculty meeting notes, ideas for future lessons, Android tips and resources, technology support, and personal notebooks for financial notes and account information, recipes, travel plans, and much more.
I really like the web clipper function since I want to save a lot of different things from web sites, but I don’t want to save the whole site. With the clipper, I can select what to save to Evernote. I can also add tags and search for this information later.
You can also use Evernote as a book mark tool, as Richard Byrne does.
In the image below, you can see my lesson plan notebook. It has my schedule for each week with what I am going to do in each class, each day. I also have notes with my unit and lesson plans, links to other resources, notes, and I have attached the files I use with each class.
The next image shows my unit objectives and plan for one unit in my class.
The Evernote site has some great resources for educators. Their Education page has tips, how-to’s, tutorials, case studies and more.
The Evernote Blog has an Education Series where they post articles, case studies, and tips for using Evernote in education. Here are some of the highlights:
Evernote as a research tool - explains how to use Evernote while doing research to take notes, attach files to your notes, use web clippings, collaborate with others, search your notes, and more.
How Evernote Got Me Through College - story of how a college student used Evernote to get organized and how he used Evernote for his final project.
10 Tips for Teachers Using Evernote - A teacher shares how he uses Evernote to prep for class, use in class, use after class, and in general as a teacher. Some great tips and ideas here.
10 Great Ways Students Can Use Evernote to Study Smarter, Not Harder - written by a student - take notes, organize handouts, take photos as reminders, organize research, and more.
10 ways Evernote can help make students more productive - great tips for students using Evernote
From the Evernote site:
Teachers: Organize your lesson plans in Evernote.
You can put all your notes, outlines, activities, research, etc in Evernote and have it searchable and accessible from anywhere. That way you can start working on a lesson plan at home then continue working on your computer in your class. You can tag lesson plans with specific topics or subjects to make calling them up the next school year even easier.
I use Evernote to collect and organize information, notes, meeting notes, lesson plans, resources to use in my classroom, resources to share with my students, and much more. You can also share your notes with others, so I've shared some notes with my students or colleagues.
Students can use Evernote to collect data from the web, take notes in class, organize their work, and collaborate on projects, create task lists, organize projects and collect data, and much more.
Evernote has discount pricing (50% off Premium accounts) for education accounts also. http://www.evernote.com/about/premium/groups/education.php
Evernote for Schools – Education Series Roundup - http://blog.evernote.com/2011/03/10/evenote-for-schools-education-series-roundup/
How Can I Get Help on using Evernote?
So, how to you learn about all Evernote features and add-ons and how to use them and where do you go for support?
Find other Evernote users to talk too. Look for blogs that talk about Evernote. Use some of the great resources on the Evernote site:
1. The Evernote Blog: tips, news, and user stories about how they are using Evernote.
2. The Evernote Forums: browse for topics of interest, ask questions, search for tips or answers.
The community is thriving and this is a great way to learn more about using Evernote.
3. Evernote Support: the support site and support team are excellent and will get back to you quickly on any issues. There is a troubleshooter, chat with support, knowledge base and downloadable resources.
Getting Started Using Evernote - http://evernote.com/getting_started/
There are also some great tutorials and tips on the Evernote site. http://www.evernote.com/about/video/#zHom6bgqg9Y|1|1
Evernote also has the Evernote Trunk. The Trunk has apps that integrate with Evernote, scanners that scan directly to Evernote, pens that record what you write and send it to Evernote (Livescribe), and much, much more. There's even one that allows you to save things from your Twitter and Facebook streams directly into Evernote.
Evernote also has Clearly, a service that allows you to clear out adds and pop-ups on sites so that you can just read the article.
Skitch is an app that allows you to annotate and mark up images and save them in Evernote.
Evernote is an incredible system that allows you to get organized, capture data, and so much more. It is an indispensable tool for educators. Evernote is very useful, easy to use, platform independent, constantly improved and updated and FREE. It is one of those tools that once you start using it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Evernote is very friendly to education. They have a lot of resources for education and when I talked with some of their senior staff at ISTE11, they were very enthusiastic about educational uses for Evernote and very eager to help.
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Get started using Evernote: Getting Started Using Evernote - http://www.evernote.com/about/getting_started/
Evernote for Schools forum: http://discussion.evernote.com/forum/90-evernote-for-schools/
Awesome LiveBinder full of resources for Educators to get started with, and use, Evernote in Education.
Related Articles :
How Things Changed with Evernote - an educator explains how Evernote got him organized.
10 Tips for Using Evernote Effectively - great tips here
100 Different Uses for Evernote - great ideas!
Evernote in the Classroom - from a colleague who's entire school staff and students use Evernote.
Utilizing Evernote for School: Teaching, Learning and Creating Portfolios
Evernote for Schools - tips, resources, best practices, and more for using Evernote in education (teacher, administrator, student)
Evernote Clearly - one click for distraction free online reading - http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2011/11/evernote-clearly-one-click-for.html
Evernote Trunk- hardware, apps & notebooks that make Evernote more awesome. - http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2010/12/evernote-trunk-hardware-apps-notebookshtml
Livescribe Echo Smartpen - very useful for educators and works with Evernote - http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2011/05/livescribe-echo-smartpen-very-cool-and.html
Taking organizing and planning lessons from Ben Franklin - great tips for educators and students - http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2011/04/taking-organizing-and-planning-lessons.html
Evernote - Get Organized for free on all platforms - http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2011/01/evernote-get-organized-free-and-on-all.html?m=0
Using Technology to Organize your Lessons and Resources - http://educationaltechnologyguy.blogspot.com/2011/12/using-technology-to-organize-your.html