I was introduced to Evernote for the first time in my ECMP355 class and I could tell that my teacher really enjoyed it, so I decided to give it a try. Indeed, Evernote is awesome! With this program, you can clip web pages, pictures, articles or just text that you want from a page, and organize it in different notebooks. Clip now, read and organize later. I find it is a great tool when I am doing research for a paper, as I can do all my research first and find information, then go through the information I gathered and select the ones I really want to use for my project at the time. I have also downloaded the Evernote Web Clipper for Google Chrome, which allows me to clip on the little elephant icon and pops up the clipping menu.
With the Web Clipper I can save an article, a simplified article, the full web page, bookmark a web page or a screenshot of the page. There are tools that also allow me to “doodle” or highlight directly on the document I am clipping, so that when I am reading over it again in Evernote, I can easily find what I was previously looking at.
I can crop, zoom in, zoom out, tag, anything I could not really do with a simple paper notebook. The Web Clipper also gives you the option to share whatever you are clipping on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or by email, as it provides you with a URL you can simply copy and paste. When you open your “note” in the program, the information tab gives you the date the note was created/retrieved, the URL, the size, as well as the location (if you have the app turned on). You can therefore clip now and read later, which is very useful for individuals who love to multitask, people who are organized/disorganized, it really is good for everyone to use.
I highly recommend it for all types of learners as it is a free program and browser “widget” and you can also download the free app on your smart phone. The information from your account will sync with all your devices (laptop, web clipper, smart phone) which allows you to gather information on the go and to always have the data you need at the tip of your finger, literally. On the smart phone app, you can add reminders and sync information with your calendar. I imagine you can do the same with the computer program, but I have yet to try it. Evernote also gives you the freedom to snap pictures or take audio notes and save them on the program as well, although I have not tried it yet, it might be something I would consider using for outdoor or home projects that require more “hands on” than written information (this could be useful for those who are doing artsy learning projects #ecmp355). Overall, I believe Evernote is a great platform to keep organized and have everything you might need all in the same place! 🙂