Cost: Free (limited to 2 devices) and paid accounts.
Availability: Online through web interface, desktop app and mobile app.
What is it?
Evernote works as a central place for you to create, curate and access notes. These you can create from a browser (via a plugin), installable desktop application (Mac, Windows) or mobile app (Android, iOS). The notes can come in the form of typed notes, audio recordings, pictures, clipped web pages (or part of) and URL bookmark. There’s also a range of plugins (free and paid) which extends Evernote’s functionality further.
How does it work?
When you first start up Evernote there are some useful tips which quickly get you creating your first note. There are also plenty of guides and resourced on the internet such as YouTube videos (some below) which clearly describe various uses for Evernote. Evernote also seamlessly syncs across all your devices, so a note made from your phone is available from your desktop or the web.
As you create more notes you will increasingly want to organise these. Evernote organises its content in what it calls ‘Notebooks’, these can be public or private. You can also tag your notes for easier searching. Another useful feature is the ability to attach reminders to notes so that you don’t forget to act upon the content you have created.
What are the implications for Teaching, Learning and Assessment?
Evernote is a great way of quickly collecting and curating content especially from the web whether articles, blog posts, quotes or URL’s. This repository quickly grows and if tagged becomes an invaluable resource when researching a particular topic. Evernote also makes a great place to put lecture, seminar and tutorial notes, the ability to record audio makes capture others thoughts from interviews extremely easy. These can be shared with your peers if you are working in a group or even a tutor for feedback as part of some formative submission.
I personally use Evernote for taking conference notes. I will create a tag for the particular conference/event. I then add that to any notes I make or other related material such as blog posts, tweets etc. (along with other relevant tags for the topic).
I have also used Evernote with creative writing projects and have tags such as Plot Ideas, Characters, and Scene. I can create a note whenever inspiration hits so that it isn’t lost. I can then easily pull all ideas associated with a particular story with one quick search when I’m ready to begin writing.
The free account has limitations, you can only sync across two devices which seriously limits its usefulness beyond early testing. Upload capacity is only 60mb, though I’ve never come close to using this up and I use Evernote daily (mainly text), and notes cannot be accessed offline. Evernote has three packages Basic (free), Plus (£29.99 per year and Premium at £44.99 per year. There is also a Business package with starts at £10 per person, per month (with reductions for 25+ users).
Evernote offers a variety of apps that all work great together, such as Evernote Peek, Web Clipper, Skitch, Penultimate and Evernote Clearly.
Do you use Evernote or other similar tools. Do you have any tips on using these tools for Teaching, Learning and Assessment? I would love to hear from you.
Some alternative apps for online note taking.
- OneNote (for Evernote 2 OneNote data migration tool see useful links )
- Google Keep
Make the move from Evernote to OneNote today (Evernote 2 OneNote data migration tool)
10 Tips for Teachers Using Evernote
Evernote for Teachers
The Ultimate Simplified Guide to the use of Evernote in Education
Evernote for Education
Evernote for Students: The Ultimate Research Tool
10 Ways Evernote Can Help Make Students More Productive