Evernote Review (Part 4)

Yes, Yes, I know. Even my students now roll their eyes when I say ‘Evernote’….but this week I have helped 2 more people streamline parts of their lives by using Evernote. As far as I can see Evernote keeps getting better and I am learning more about how to use it more effectively too.

A couple of weeks ago Evernote upgraded the usability of their free package, this now includes the ability to store office documents (excel, word, powerpoint), previously only available to premium users.  This is a fantastic step towards supporting teachers, students and schools to utilise this functional and free cloud based storage to work and share.

I have also had opportunity in the last few weeks to compare Evernote more closely with drop box (for a good blog on how this can help students see  Claire O’Neill’s blog). There are similarities between the basics of the two but the biggest differences I can see (please let me know if I am mistaken) are:

  • Files in dropbox need to be physically updated to make sure they are the newest version (by dragging new files to it). Evernote allows you to work on notes, or documents and save back to Evernote, meaning that you will always have the most up to date version synced. This can then be accessed via internet, computer, tablet, or smart phone.
  • Evernote also has options to record voice notes, take pictures and then add text etc onto Evernote directly. This means there is no need to work in another package and transfer to Evernote. My LT is having heaps of fun writing notes, taking pictures and reading stories onto Evernote, he was even able to show them to his class at school using the interactive white board. I have also used the audio recording feature recently to record practice interviews and then later listen back to them and transcribe them onto the same note in Evernote. I believe to do this on drop box I would have to record the audio file in another application and then transcribe to a word or other text based file, and put both files physically into drop box.
  • Individual notes or whole notebooks can be shared via email with non-Evernote users. I have the impression with drop box that you share the whole folder/box with others (again, correct me if I am mistaken).

So Evernote is working really well for me (and no, I am not getting a ‘kick back’ from Evernote…I just really like it)

Do you use Evernote? Do you use Onenote? Do you use Drop Box? Do you use Google Docs? Is there another ‘free’ cloud tool That you like to use?

Until Next Week

Happy Studyng,

Fiona T

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Evernote Reveiw (Part 3)

I used to be a big fan of post-its, and I still have a soft spot for them, but I think that Evernote is going to replace the need for them in my house. I have now had Evernote for 2 weeks. I am using it more and more. Not only for the study things I was initially going to use, I am using it far more. I have discovered (and LT has helped me too) many little things that are simple, yet make it so very functional for me.

Almost a week ago I started to follow Evernote on twitter, and it just so happened that the featured video for the week was one from ‘digitwirl’ and American site that previews and reviews gadgets and software etc to help make life easier. The video (only 3 minutes) shows so many applications for Evernote in the busy life of a working Mum that it just opened up the next level of it’s use for me. Needless to say I have now joined Digitwirl and am looking at the many other things they have reviewed. Here is a link to their site, and a second link to their Evernote video. I especially loved the idea of culling all of those loyalty cards from my wallet, and perhaps being able to zip it closed again.

With my LT’s help I have found out about taking screen shots, saving and sharing audio files and notebooks, even printing (yes, not paperless I know). I have also discovered check boxes you can add to the notes, and tables to organise lists.  I have emailed important emails directly to it, so when I need them in a months time I can find them quickly, especially if I don’t have my email account accessible at work. This week I have used it to record pictures from websites I like, save details of my rooms for teaching this semester, my weekly to do list (with check boxes) and my shopping list (which is now in the cloud, and be be used to check off my online shopping when I have a chance to do it this week). The automatic syncing is brilliant.

I am also getting the Evernote upgrade (have almost used my monthly quota already, and really want to get my word files on here to share with my colleagues), and am pricing a new mobile that will make this storage always accessible, where ever I am.

So, if you are a busy person and want to keep all your important notes etc handy, I really suggest trying the free version of Evernote, see if it helps streamline your life. What other ways do you organise your ‘stuff’?

 

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