This is a contributed post from Evernote Education Ambassador Nicholas Provenzano.
Being organized is one of the most important things a teacher can strive for at the start of the school year, but it’s very hard to realize once school gets busy. Evernote has allowed me to cut the clutter and create a paperless environment in my classroom and life.
Today I’d like to share 5 tips to help you clean up your desk.
- Use the Evernote Web Clipper to keep track of things you find online. It’s great for taking the information you find online and organizing it in the right notebook with the right tag. It’s allowed me to find what I’m looking for and quickly make it available to my students via Shared Notebooks.
- Scan your paper into Evernote for easy access and sharing. My students now have a digital copy of everything I do in class in a Shared Notebook. By placing scanned documents in Evernote, I know I’ll never have to dig through a filing cabinet again or spend hours in front of a copy machine. Saving trees and saving time, what more could a teacher ask?
- Record audio for quick notes to yourself. You don’t want to write out everything that’s on your mind as your brainstorm lesson plans. Sometimes it’s best to do a mind-dump and go back with a fresh set of ears. Audio Notes in Evernote is the perfect way to keep your thoughts in one place. You can even add text to the note as you listen. If you are comfortable with the sound of your voice, this is a great option.
- Focus on the content with Evernote Clearly. Too many distractions online get in the way of great content. With Evernote Clearly, you can focus on what you really care about. Clearly also lets users highlight important parts of the article, so students can focus on what they need. I think all Evernote users must add it to their tool chest.
- Email it to yourself. People forget that every Evernote account comes with its own email address so users can forward emails to notebooks and tag them. Here is a great post on how it works that is worth checking out. Using this feature has allowed me to cut the clutter from my inbox and keep the emails I want handy in my Evernote account and not buried in a “save” box in my email account. The body of the email and all attachments are saved in a brand new note in the notebook of my choosing and I couldn’t be happier.
Have questions about using Evernote in Education? Tweet at Nicholas (@TheNerdyTeacher) or check out his book on iTunes and Amazon.