Technology Highlight: Evernote

This blog is for anyone who wants to become a fabulously organized notetaker and researcher, someone who can easily access all of school AND life’s most important information. This blog is for anyone who wants to appear effortlessly efficient to teachers, classmates, teammates and parents. Use Evernote to achieve success and impress…everyone.

First things first: we will NEVER discuss technologies on this blog that require extensive training, reading instructional manuals, multiple lessons, or a phone call to an outsourced customer service center. Evernote is free, easy to register for and download, and simple to learn and use.

Signing Up

Signing up for Evernote is just as easy as signing up for Facebook, Twitter, or any other free online resource. Just go to the Evernote homepage, click on “Create Account” in the upper right-hand corner, and fill in the brief informational form. Evernote will ask you to confirm the account via a confirmation link sent to your e-mail, and once this final step is complete, you are ready to go!

Easy to Learn and Use

The Evernote team provides a multitude of instructional videos that are tailored to different search engines, computers (PC v. Mac), and smart phones. Evernote automatically defaults to the type of web browser and computer that you are using. If you were to browse the Evernote website from a PC, the videos would default to Windows and Internet Explorer videos. All of the instructional videos are quick and easy to follow.

Here is a brief rundown of the “best” Evernote features:

    • Notes: Create “regular” typed notes, audio notes (record a lecture and add your own typed notes), or iSight notes (take a picture and add typed content)
    • Notebooks: Think of notebooks as themed folders with related documents. Evernote also allows you to stack notebooks to create even more layers. Need an example? You could use Evernote to make a notebook titled “History” and create different notebooks within History for each class you take at Hopkins.
    • Tagging: What if you could easily search all of your 5-Star college-ruled notebooks for information scattered across multiple days and classes? Add tags to your notes to enhance searchability and organization. What if you took notes on MLA citations one day, and MLA formatting style another day? If you assign tag words/phrases such as MLA, English Class, Writing to multiple notes, you can search a tag (ex. MLA), and every note with that tag will show up in your search.
    • Sharing: What if you took notes on information you researched for a group project and wanted to share it with your group? Easy. Evernote allows you to invite other people (even if they don’t use Evernote!) to access one of your notebooks. WARNING: There is a small hitch to sharing notebooks with the free version of Evernote. If you share a notebook with a friend, classmate or teacher, they can only view the content and cannot add/alter any of the information.
    • Clipping: Evernote also has a web clipper that lets users easily take information from the Internet and create a note. You can select the exact notebook you want the content to be “dropped” into and tag the new note for better organization and searchability. The web clippers function differently for different web browsers, but here is an example instructional video (NOTE: Evernote will know which browser you are using and default to the appropriate web clipper for download):

Evernote is a cloud product — it can be accessed from anywhere at anytime via 3 main platforms. After registering for Evernote, you can download the software to your personal computer. Evernote can be accessed directly through the software app on your computer, or by logging in on the Evernote website. The third platform is, of course, the mobile/tablet route — Evernote has free iPhone, Android, and iPad apps. Evernote has automatic syncing capability; you will never have to worry about saving, and you can access all of your updated content through any of the platforms.

All of Evernote’s downloadable apps can be found in the Evernote Trunk.

For any other information, visit the Calarco Library Web 2.0 LibGuide and explore the Evernote tab.

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