Sunday, July 15, 2012

Why I Still Love Evernote

I started using Evernote at least three years ago, and I admit, I strayed during that time. But with all good things, I found myself back once again.

Evernote is an electronic notebook where I take, organize, and share notes that include images, audio, and much more.  Like other cloud based programs, my information can by synced easily across all of my mobile devices.  What I really LOVE about Evernote is all of the other seamless functions it brings to my life.  Like Pinterest, Evernote has a web clipper where I can, with one click, save an image, website, or text, back to my notebook.  Evernote also works with some of my favorite iPad apps like Skitch and Penultimate.  Evernote also added Evernote Peek for use on the iPad, where you can create study cards that work with the iPad and the smart cover.  What a great way for students to use their notes to create study materials.  Like Google Docs, Evernote allows you to share notes with others and to collaborate on notebooks.

If you haven't ever used Evernote, check it out.  If, like me, you've strayed, maybe give it another look.

Infographics

Infographics are just what they sound like, information graphics.  They are a visual way to represent data and connections amongst content and/or concepts.  There are so many ways to use this form of representation with our students, especially those that are visual learners.  Check out Autoblog's fascinating infographic on The Science Behind Traffic Jams: http://aol.it/Nbc5yr.  This example is amazing and will give you an idea of what a really great infographic looks like.  

I also like this infographic by Microsoft Education, titled, Education by the Numbers

Think about all of the possibilities for your students to convey what they are learning, or for you to create visual representations of information and make connections for your students.  

For some fun browsing go to: http://visual.ly/ or http://infogr.am/