A-Z Tools & Technologies: Evernote
What is it?
This is a free web tool that can also be downloaded as an app onto technology devices such as tablets and smartphones. It works by providing a central place to create and access notes, photos, reminders and lists. The display format and colour can also be personalised so it works for you.
How does it work?
There are some useful start up tips when you first download Evernote. The icons on the homepage assist in quickly creating something whether that is pictures, notes or reminders. Evernote can also access your contacts and photos (it does ask permission for this). The search box also assists in finding what you are looking for. What I like about it is the ability to sync across a range of different devices meaning information can accessed wherever you are. It’s also helpful that notebooks can arrange notes into categories (notebooks) which leads on to the next part section….
What are the implication for Teaching, Learning and Assessment?
A user can create notebooks into categories which could be really helpful for separating information for home (recipes, family appointments, birthdays) away from work (meeting notes, documents). It is also helpful that notebooks can be shared with other people, for example other family members, or peers in a project team. It is more relevant to individual staff and students than in a classroom, though being able to share notebooks may be handy for people working on similar topics.
The free account has some limitations. Upload capacity is only 60MB monthly, notes cannot be accessed offline and information is not password protected. These things can be overcome by purchasing the premium version at £3.99 monthly, or £34.99 annually, but is it necessary to purchase the premium version for this or are there some similar technologies that are just as good?
Evernote offers a variety of apps that all work great together, such as Evernote Peek, Web Clipper, Skitch, Penultimate and Evernote Clearly. The Evernote mobile app featured as an App of the Week on the YSJ iPad Project Blog on 8th March 2013, and in the Top apps for new students post on 15th August 2013.
Do you use Evernote or other similar tools, such as OneNote or Notability? Do you have any tips on using these tools for Teaching, Learning and Assessment?