Weekend Project: Get Started with Evernote!


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Are you resolved to expand your tech-savvy in 2014?  Let’s get started this weekend!  One of the tools that I recommend to all teachers of all levels is Evernote, one of the most productive and versatile tools available to you and your students.

What is Evernote?

Evernote is like a digital brain:

Why Evernote?

I know there are literally hundreds of tools that collection information, however, I like Evernote as one of the best options for a variety of reasons:

  • Cross-platform: There are Evernote clients for nearly all modern devices, including devices like the iPod Touch, iPads and other popular classroom devices.  It also works in a simple web browser, so, you can use Evernote with a laptop, desktop or ChromeBook without installing any software.
  • Multimedia:  Evernote not only captures text and images, but, you can also use it to capture audio, full webpages and even PDF documents.
  • Free: Although there is a premium edition of Evernote (and it is worth every penny), you can access all of the main functionality for free.

Get started this weekend!

Getting started it easy!  Download the desktop app for your desktop or laptop at http://www.evernote.com.  An account is free.  You should also download the mobile app on your smartphone and/or tablet (available in the iOS App Store, Google Play Store, Blackberry World store and Windows Marketplace).

There are two great resources available for those looking for some Evernote basics.  This excellent video from the University of Wyoming Extension services gives a great introduction to the platform:

For those looking for a written reference, Mark O’Neill has posted an excellent “Unofficial Manual” at MakeUseOf.

Are you using Evernote to be more productive as a teacher?  Are you using it with students?  Hit us up in the comments and share your great Evernote tips!

Want to Learn More?

I am offering “Hands-On with Evernote: The Swiss Army Knife of Digital Tools” as one of  hundreds of learning opportunities at the Northwest Conference for Computer Education in Seattle, Washington, March 14-16, 2014.  For more information or to sign up, go to the NCCE website!  Or, you can have this content customized for your district and delivered to you either online or face to face… contact us for details!

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