Evernote: My Brain's Personal Data Backup

Need to be organized and on-the-go at all times?
Ever find yourself feeling scatterbrained, with an unmanageable number of ideas bouncing through your head??
Do you enjoy writing or reflecting on your thoughts?

Well, if you fit any of these broad categories--or honestly, even if you don't...but you still kept reading by accident ;-] -- I would like to suggest this free and useful productivity tool. Evernote is a cloud-based website and application, designed to make file storage, personal organization, and complex note-taking a simple and convenient experience.

To summarize, Evernote allows the user to create text, audio, and video "notes" and organize them into "notebooks". The user data is stored on the company's secure central servers, and is immediately accessible (remotely) from any of web-enabled device.

Applications are available for computers running Windows and Macintosh operating systems, and also through iPhone, Android, and Blackberry mobile platforms.

Below are a few ideas for incorporating the Evernote experience into the ELA classroom. Feel free to add any comments you may have regarding the app!

o  Compile complex notes, study guides, or lesson plans using different mediums of data--whether it is textual research, website screenshots, pictures, or YouTube videos/
o   Could be implemented in the classroom through quick-write activities--engages students with modern technology, allowing them to jot ideas down, brainstorm, outline, and organize research for larger assignments.
o   Potentially eliminates the need for “Note Card” style research techniques...which many students dread or find counterproductive.
o   They will have immediate access to all their notebooks from home, school, and abroad--and depending on their usage, they can add ideas for essays or projects on the go through mobile devices.
o   Because they may use Evernote through a cellular device, it feels more like texting than writing.


  1. This is so awesome! I remember you telling me about this in class last semester. It is really nice to have everything stored in one place and access it at any time that is necessary! I would love to look at yours sometime if you don't mind just to see how you use it for everyday life. Thanks for sharing this!!

  2. I agree with Julie- this is great! I currently have about 6 giant sticky note lists on the screen of my laptop and now they are organized and in one place instead of overlapping in multi-colored craziness. Thank you!