Evernote? Note everything!

“Take note of anything” (2011), suggests Evernote’s Web site. “Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your notable life using your computer, phone, and the web”.

How true! I started using Evernote a few months ago, because I needed a better way to take notes on my iPad than the built-in “notes” function.

At first, it seemed like a slightly more organized version of the basic note-taking program; a place to store meeting notes, ideas for future projects, and the beginning stages of word documents. ”… a handy digital note taking ‘software suite’ that makes it easier to collect and recall those numerous back of envelope and restaurant napkin jottings in our lives” (2011).  I was just happy to have a better tool for such tasks on my iPad.

Technology consultant, David Coursey wanted “…to be able to enter a note on [his] desktop, laptop, or phone, and keep it automatically synchronized with [his] other computers and portable devices” (2009). He claims that Evernote provides that, allowing the user to “…capture information by typing a note, grabbing e-mail text, saving a clipping from a Web page (in whole or part), or taking a picture with a camera phone”.

It wasn’t until I attended the National French Immersion Teachers’ conference in November that I discovered some of these more intricate and interesting features of Evernote.

I was in a session by Yves Nadon – French language teacher, writer and reader extraordinaire – armed with my iPad. I was taking notes on the workshop in Evernote, when it occurred to me how useful it would be to take some photos of the presentation. I was going to simply take some pictures with my camera feature, when I noticed the little icons atop my screen in Evernote. I started playing, and realized that I could take photos, video and audio within the program itself.  Cool. I was able to record Yves’ reading of C’est un livre, take some snapshots of his recommended books, and videotape some of his advice for teachers, and automatically include all that footage in my notes on the session.

Another convenient feature of Evernote is that once one has registered, one can access one’s synchronized content on various machines (e.g. laptop, desktop, iPhone, etc). One glitch I discovered, however, was that although I was able to save all of that on my iPad, for some reason the multimedia footage does not appear on my online Evernote account when I access it on my laptop or desktop computer.

 

The Evernote Corporation promises that a user of their product can, “Remember everything, capture anything, access anywhere, and find things fast” (2011). I continue to use the application for work, and have started using it personally, to keep recipes and Christmas lists. Although I have experimented with some of Evernote’s many options, I evidently still have much to learn about the tool. I am looking forward to learning more possible uses for Evernote.

Check out this video, that shows how one school is using Evernote to improve student learning!

References

Coursey, D.. (2009, May). Evernote Organizes Your Life Across All Your Devices. PC World, 27(5), 34.  Retrieved December 1, 2011, from ProQuest Education Journals.  Retrieved from: http://proquest.umi.com.login.ezproxy.library.ualberta.ca/pqdweb?index=9&did=1788783771&SrchMode=1&sid=10&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1322793063&clientId=12301

Learn more. In Evernote. 2011. Retrieved from http://www.evernote.com/about/learn_more/