Wednesday, June 27, 2012

1:1 iPad Solutions: Evernote

Inspired by the tweets coming out of ISTE about Evernote & Nicholas Provenzano's blog piece on Evernote in a shared or 1:1 iPad environment, I thought I would share my perspective on why Evernote is a viable note taking, digital notebook,storage and distribution platform for students and teachers in a shared or 1:1 iPad environment.
  • Evernote Email Address - I have found this to be an extremely helpful feature for both students and teachers. Within every Evernote account, am email address is generated that allows the account holder or a colleague to send resources via email to said Evernote account. This comes in handy if the classroom teacher wants to use Evernote as a platform where students submit their work ( final papers sent from Pages, notes from Evernote, etc...). In an iPad environment where many apps are not natively connected to Evernote, the email address allows students to send content to their account through the built in "export via email" function in most apps.
  • @folder name via email - The next two solutions are interesting features for advanced users who are extremely comfortable with the Evernote platform. When sending content to Evernote via email, if a notebook name (spelled correctly & case sensitive) is placed in the subject line of the email with an @ directly before the name ( example: @worldwar2 ) the content will be placed in the particular notebook. Teachers can use this feature when students are submitting work via email to the teacher's Evernote account. If the notebooks are setup ahead of time ( for a specific assignment or a notebook for each student ) the student can easily direct their submission to a specific location. Note: the notebook must be setup ahead of time, placing @notebookname in the subject line of the email will note create a new notebook in the recipients account.
  • #tag via email - Similar to the strategy shown above, when students send content to either their or the teacher's Evernote account via email the content can be tagged with a specific tag by including #tagname in the subject line of the email.  Note: The tag has to already exist within Evernote account in order for this to work.
  • Sharing notes & notebooks - There are two sharing features associated with Evernote notes or notebooks. Content can be shared publicly with an open link, this allows anyone with the link to see the content with or without an Evernote account. Or, specific Evernote users can be added to a notebook and have access with their Evernote account to this privately shared content. The public link works well when teachers want to quickly share content with their students (PDFs, images, etc...) without adding every user to the folder. Students can bookmark or add the public link to the homescreen of their iPad. Private sharing is helpful when students are going to share an entire notebook with their teacher when submitting work from their iPad.
  • IOS web clipper - This is possibly the most intriguing aspect of Evernote on an IOS device (iPad, iPhone or iTouch). Taking a page from the web based web clipper available from Evernote, IOS users can instal a simple script through a modified bookmarking process that allows entire web pages to be clipped, tagged, described and placed into a users Evernote account or even a specific notebook. When conduction web based research, students would no longer have to jump back and forth between Safari and Evernote.  Here is the link to the Evernote support page that explains how to instal the Evernote iOS iPad web clipper.

iPad Screenshot of the Evernote web clipper in action

  • Distribution from shared or public folder - A number of teachers that I work with that have iPads and younger students are using this strategy to distribute information to their student iPads. The teacher creates a folder in their Evernote account with the content for their course. The teacher then makes that folder public and generates a link to the folder. The teacher can then use a URL shortening service ( or to shorten the URL. The students can then enter the URL into their iPad browser and add a shortcut to the homescreen of their iPad. In the future when students need access to the course content they simply need to tap on the green elephant to open the folder.

Here is a short video tutorial on getting started with Evernote on the iPad


  1. Another great strategy. I always watch your blog for new ideas. I used evernote last year to have students submit work regularly, and it works great. I never thought about having students set up accounts. May work with that this year. I didn't know about the ways to set up emails to go into folders. That is a great idea. Thanks.

  2. Now that Evernote has acquired Penultimate, it can only be a matter of time before we get handwriting functionality built in, don't you think?