After last week’s session on Remixing Education with Brian Lamb and Scott Leslie, Alec encouraged us to experiment with one or two of the tools that were discussed during class. Having signed up for an Evernote account (on advice from Alec) a couple of weeks earlier I thought this would be a worthwhile tool to look at. For those of you that haven’t heard about this tool, it essentially allows you to take “notes” on anything you see online by clipping text, grabbing screenshots, etc. It also can be set up to organize these “notes” for you, though you can also choose to do this yourself. I’m no expert with this tool and I’m sure that it does a lot more than this too, but this video also provides a decent overview.
I’m sure I have only scratched the surface of what can be done with Evernote, but it looks like a potentially powerful tool. My main issue with it is figuring out exactly how to make it a part of my web 2.0 “routine”. I have found other tools such as Delicious easy to make a part of my routine, but my first impression of Evernote is that it seems like it might be more time consuming to use, especially on a regular basis. This impression might be inaccurate, but it almost seems like it has too many possible uses for me to figure out how to use it best.
I am interested in learning more about Evernote, particularly its uses for educators. I have a long way to go in terms of wrapping my head around all of its capabilities, so if anyone out there can give me a place to start or has any tips it would be appreciated.