I just finished reading a great book on using Evernote in the classroom. Nicholas Provenzano just released a book called The Complete Guide to Evernote in Education*. If you are an educator, you will want to read this book for not only ideas for leveraging Evernote in the classroom but also for his justification.
The book is a very quick read and only available in digital format. Throughout the book, Provenzano provides countless personal stories how he uses Evernote as well as clear instructions for implementation. He explains he wrote the book on Evernote to include annotating the images.
I picked up the book because I am always on the lookout for useful ways to use Evernote. Provenzano was able to provide examples in an area for which I am not totally experienced – public school teacher. In his book, he explains how teachers, administrators, staff, and students can benefit from Evernote. He stresses three main concepts over and over as he provides examples:
- Evernote can be used on any device, anywhere: Laptop, desktop, iPad, tablet, smartphone, etc. and any operating system; Mac, PC, and Linux.
- Notes can be created in countless ways to include text, Web, images, audio, etc.
- Notes can be organized, shared, and found rapidly.
Provenzano highlights a number of great tools that can be used with Evernote from document scanners to Web clipping tools. Each of the tools helps develop a paperless classroom that is better organized and friendlier to the environment and pocketbook.
Provenzano points out that Evernote can be used to support any class regardless of subject. He backs up his claim by providing great examples for math, music, and even physical fitness.
Evernote is a great tool for lifelong anything. Students can be lifelong learners because their class notes will be available throughout their life… instead of discarded at the end of the year. Teachers will be lifelong educators because they will have their lessons always available for immediate update wherever they are… instead of having to sort through filing cabinets and binders.
As an e-portfolio tool, Evernote with its capabilities may be the key. Teachers, students, and staff can curate work samples and be able to easily share them with future employers.
Finally, Provenzano points out the benefits of being able to share notes and notebooks with the public, fellow teachers, students, administrators as the need arises. How fast can you find and share a paper document you have stored in a binder in your office on this winter break? Collaboration becomes much easier, and Provenzano provides insight into how to do it.
Are you an educator? Have you heard about Evernote but are still on the fence? I would recommend that you take a look at this book.
How are you using Evernote? I would like to know.
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