Evernote

evernote

Age Scale: 12 and up

Device:  iPhone, iPod, and iPad

Quick Line:  Never Lose Notes Again

What Educators Need to Know:

One of my favorite classroom apps this year has been Evernote.  I know so many tech-savvy people have been probably been using this app for ages, so excuse me if I am about to bore you.  Write a comment and let me know how inferior my knowledge is as I know I am only scratching the surface!
My fellow teammates have been teasing me for bringing my iPad to building meetings.  Well, I should say they WERE giving me a hard time until we needed notes from an earlier intervention meeting, and I was the only one who still had them!  See that?  The geek strikes again!  Basically, it works like this:  you go to a meeting and open Evernote.  Your administrator distributes a document.  You take a picture of it.  The team discusses timelines and strategies to help a particular student, and you take notes under the photo.  Evernote automatically saves it to your cloud storage.  A week later, when you have totally forgotten what was said at the meeting, you pull up your note, filed appropriately in the “Super Important Meeting Stuff” Notebook, print it off, and save the day!  In addition to “Super Important Meeting Stuff”, you can have a Notebook for “Parent Meeting Stuff”, “Articles and Stuff”, and “Don’t Forget to Do This Stuff”.  Evernote even gives you an email, so when I am browsing Twitter, and I don’t have enough time to read an entire posting or article, I email directly to one of the super-helpful Notebooks mentioned above, and it is there when I open it at work.  I also used it during parent conferences and browse my notes frequently to follow-up.
Evernote + Super Nerd = Teacher Greatness.