Evernote is more than a stand alone note taking app. It is actually an entire environment. I will be talking about the other portions of this community at a later time. Today I just wanted to focus on the primary platform. I was introduced to Evernote about 2 years ago. Nicholas Provenzano (@TheNerdyTeacher) was using it in his classroom. I was impressed and quickly began incorporating it into my daily activities. I didn’t start with the premium account. Not everyone will need the premium account. After a year, I chose to invest in Evernote. Now, I don’t know how I would live without it.
Because I have a wireless Mimio tablet (info) I was able to create Ink Notes. I had a link to a shared notebook (Evernote’s File System) on my classroom website. All I had to do was drag and drop any file from my computer into the Evernote folder and I had automatically updated my website. By using Evernote on my classroom computer, I had my notes everywhere I went. I could create bell ringers during lunch in the courtyard, and have them waiting for me when I arrived in class after lunch.
When I stepped up to the Premium version, I discovered that all notes (pdf’s and pictures included) could be searched! What a valuable tool. Now all those large pdf’s could easily be searched. That alone made the Premium version worth it for me.
Platform: iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Windows, Windows Touch, Mac
Cost: Free and Premium ($45 per year) (May purchase additional space at $5 per gB.)