One of the Top 100 Learning Tools from Jane Hart that the research team wanted to learn more information about was Evernote. Each person individually made their own account to learn more about Evernote and share information.
From what we have explored on Evernote so far, one can make to-do lists and gather information from classes, work life, or any other activities in a single folder. Evernote also allows individuals to attach photos or audio recordings to notes and share these files among colleagues, family, friends, or classmates. In Evernote, groups can also be created with other individuals to allow sharing between groups of messages, links, notes, or audio recordings. Using Evernote, one can take photos, record audio messages, set reminders, and send text messages. Evernote can also be accessed on any device. One is also able to create notes, take photos, or record audio messages without the need of Wi-Fi. Once the individual is reconnected to Wi-Fi, all the files will be synced to the notes and accessible on any device. Here is a link that we found with some helpful information to be a “master” of Evernote.
Evernote allows the ease of communication between individuals. For example, the research team has a group started on Evernote to collaborate information between one another. We can share photos, audio recordings, send messages, or share notes between one another. Evernote also allows individuals to set reminders for themselves, this can come in handy for meetings, classes, or sports practices. Reminders can also be synced to their calendar on their smart phone or the computer’s calendar. From our perspective, Evernote seems to provide easy access to its multiple features which are useful in our case with sharing documents between our research group of five individuals. On the other hand, we do not see using Evernote for our own personal use outside of the research team. Most of our notes from classes are hand written, we use other software programs to collaborate with partners on projects, and when composing videos or taking photos, we like to use editing software to edit our clips before doing anything with them.
Here are our preliminary thoughts on Evernote and we would love any feedback on how Evernote has impacted your lives in any shape or form.
Thank you for writing this piece.
I have been using Evernote for a little over 2 years now. I was introduced to the platform through an internship working with synthetic biology companies. The main feature of collaboration and organization across multiple communication channels was fairly easy to learn. For example, the team I was working on was from all over the country, a few were attending meetings taking handwritten notes, some were doing research, and a few were doing design. When handling multiple clients, the folders being able to accommodate all of these forms were irreplaceable. Being able to trace themes by tags allowed for easy combinations of work when we needed.
I completely agree with your insights that there are more powerful tools for all of the individual tasks, but I have found with my work and school keeping them in one place proves to be more beneficial.
Outside of school and work, I have not used the tool as often. I have a folder that I share with my wife for running tasks around the house, and her Pinterest dream items. The first project was building a dining room table, it turned out great. We also use this as a Christmas list storage bin for the kids. I am not as concerned with mastering Evernote as I am using the features and mastering my tasks and schedule.
Very nice piece, ladies. I really enjoyed the link you used, I found it very informative as I am still attempting to learn the ropes on Evernote myself.
I agree with you entirely in that we have all already established our own ways of note taking and performing group work, however, I do feel as though Evernote could benefit each of us outside of just in our research team. I think we are simply unable to see all of its beneficial uses for our everyday life as we are still learning to be Evernote masters. With features such as taking a picture of handwritten notes and having them automatically save students who have missed a lecture and need to get the notes from a fellow student will benefit greatly, and being able to search words, tags, or locations would greatly reduce the time people spend looking for things, and I know I personally spend a lot of time looking through all of my handwritten notes to find a specific word or section and this would help me out tremendously with that. Another feature that may help students is the ability to record. I do not know exactly how long one can record for on Evernote, but, even if it need be done in a few recordings, with Evernote students could record lectures, allowing them not only to get what they are writing down but also the information they are missing the teacher say while they are busy taking notes.
With that being said, I think we all have a good handle on Evernote but we need to familiarize ourselves more and attempt to use it outside of Dr. Simpson’s office in order to really see its benefits.
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