Research and exploration of Evernote

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Evernote his at its most basic a note taking tools. But, its in fact a lot more than that and some even call it an extension of your brain. Here is a video showing a basic overview of the application.

What is it ?

Evernote is the software that allows you to take any kind of note, in different ways with many tools included, at any time. Evernote also organize all those notes in a database for you to be able to find anything you search later on. The application also offers the possibility to share your work instantly with anyone. It can be access anywhere because it is a cloud based application. You can create a note on your phone, then, edit it on your computer (MAC/PC) and finally share it from your tablet. If you don’t have access to Internet you will be able to create notes but they won’t be synchronized with all your devices. Free users can upload up to 60 MB of data each month, with unlimited storage. Which I think is enough except if you want to save many videos.

Evernote for teachers

For ESL teachers, this application can be used in many ways to improve organisation and communication. For example, teachers could use it to keep track of past and future teaching activities in one notebook. Also, they could organize with keywords a bank of useful websites, for themselves and for students. E-mails from parents, from colleagues and from students could all be saved and organized so that teachers dont have to worry when they clean their mailbox. The audio recorded note tool  can help teacher when they evaluate oral presentation or they can even use the voice recognition (audio to text) to quickly have what they say written. This tool can save a lot of time for people who type slowly. As well, teachers could create lesson plans online and share them with their students. Afterward, they could include to their plan some picture of the white board and some scans of the papers with their cellphone.  Evernote recognizes text in photos, even handwriting, so they can be searched within Evernote notebooks.

Evernote for students

For students, the benefits they can get from this application are pretty much the same as for the teachers. Organisation is easier with electronic documents and communication with the teacher is fast and not only at class time. For the students, Evernote become an electronic binder where they put all the works they do and all the notes they take. If they miss a class or need to revise, they can have access to other students’ or to the teacher’s note. Collaborative works are also made easy with Evernote because only one document can be shared and edited by everyone. All of the three MELS’s ESL program competencies can be practiced with activities on Evernote, but it is firstly an organisation tool.

EDIT (01-04-2015) :

Personal and other teachers reflexion

Nicholas Provenzano a high school English teacher and edublogger experimented a complete Evernote Environment in his classes. He reported his experimentation in his article  »The Epic Evernote Experiment ».  Upon completing his experimentation the blogger reported observations and suggestions. First, he explains how doing lessons’ planning on Evernote helped him store all his old handouts and notes as PDFs. He also loved to have access to his lessons at any time because he could add ideas he might have when he felt inspired. Then, Provenzano describes how Evernote enhanced communication in his classes. For each class, he created a shared notebook regarding assignments. He daily placed in it days’ work and notes explaining the upcoming classwork. Consequently, students were more aware of what their assignment was because they could rely on Evernote. This also saved alot of the teacher’s time as long as he no longer had to use class time to review with students what they missed. Evernote replaced their agenda in a nonesuch manner. Moreover, observations on how Evernote provided access to students’ work  are promoted in Provenzano’s article. Instead of having to carry a bunch of books to complete their assignments, students had all their documents online and they could work wherever they had Internet. Access to students’ work was also allowed to their parents so that they could keep track of their child’s work from anywhere. The teacher had student place all their finalized work in a personal portfolio so that he could leave private feedback to each student. This dialogue on their work allowed students to improve and revise their writing. The last useful thing Provenzano found in his experimentation is to set up notification reminders on notes. For example, he could set the reminder before an assignment they might have forgotten about or before they left the school without something important. These kinds of digital reminders were really advantageous for students who tend to forget work.

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