I spent some time today making a quick tutorial for students to begin using Evernote. Students can use Evernote to compile, edit, and access their notes quickly and easily throughout the year.
Please bear in mind that Evernote is simply a tool, it's not necessarily a means to an end. It happens to be my favorite tool for this type of organization, but if you want to stay analog, then I invite you to do so. However, Once you start transferring your notes to Evernote, sharing them with your classmates, and searching your notes quickly, you'll probably be glad you took the time to figure it out.
Here is the tutorial: (notes are on the below the video)
- First you're going to want to scan your notebook using a DocScan app on your phone. You can download a separate app for that or you can use the docscan camera on the mobile Evernote app.
- Next, once your image is added to your Evernote page you can leave it as is, or you can edit it using a companion app like Skitch.
- Finally, you can add other content to your digital note page in Evernote. Add links, or accompanying images, a recording of your voice, or other sounds.
The sky is the limit with this app and if I said I knew every feature I would be lying. Here are a couple highlights I've been able to think of once you start using evernote:
- Add categories and tags to your notes to make them searchable. For example you can add an "Evolution" category and if you're looking for evolution notes sometime in the future you can simply type "evolution" in the search bar and it will refer you to your previous notes from when we covered evolution.
- Adding links and sharing your notes with classmates makes doing projects way easier.
- If it's on your phone or your computer, then it's everywhere else. Throw those jump drives out the window... once you start using the cloud you won't need them anymore. You'll be able to access your notes anywhere you have an internet connection!
Ultimately you're not going to figure Evernote out in 30 seconds. It's a very intutitive app, and it's very powerful... But, you're going to want to take time to play around with the controls before you really get the hang of it. Also, if you want to use it for your everyday organizing, great! But, if You would rather deal mostly in paper, then just simply keep it at that...
Thanks for watching and I will continue to create screencasts to help students, teachers, parents, and anyone who is interested in our class up to speed!