The Evernote Journal, part of our family of Moleskine notebooks, is a lightweight version perfect for those who want to use a separate Moleskine for specific subjects.
Education Ambassador, Nicholas Provenzano, already uses Evernote for teaching in the classroom, so adding the Evernote Journal to his student’s workflow was natural.
Thanks to the generous Moleskine team, we distributed an Evernote Journal to every student in Provenzano’s Honors American Literature class. We wanted to learn and observe what interesting use cases would resonate with students.
Provenzano uses what is called ’20 Time’ in his classroom. It’s based on a concept implemented by 3M in the late 1940s that encourages employees to use 15 percent of their time for creative pursuits that produced products like the iconic Post-it® Note and Masking Tape. ’20 Time’ is a concept where students set aside 20 percent of classroom time to explore projects outside of their regular curriculum.
Now, halfway through the academic year, student projects range from photographing their hometown Detroit, painting a mural, writing a book, creating a documentary film, salvaging furniture, and more. Check out the variety of their projects here.
Students update a blog every week and will finish with a presentation. The goal is less focused on the finished project, and more about what is learned along the way.
The students use the Evernote Journal to take notes, draft ideas, sketch drawings, and think through plans. The ’20 Time’ projects are individual initiatives, so each student has to figure out processes personally. The Evernote Journal is a brainstorming tool that they can easily carry with them. For important notes they want to save in Evernote for further development, they tag it with a Smart Sticker so once it’s saved in Evernote, their notes are digitized and automatically organized.
Emily F. uses the Evernote Journal to design and sell clothes:
I like using the Moleskine notebooks because I can grab it and design wherever I am. I also used it to compose a business plan to present to my parents. It’s great to organize my thoughts and then upload to Evernote.
Brenna B. uses the Evernote Journal to learn how to code:
The Moleskine notebooks let me organize all of my thoughts and make it easy to write down and save all of the different and new programming lessons to Evernote.
When the students finish and are ready to present their projects in May, we will showcase in more detail how the Evernote Journals were a part of their creative process.
Stay tuned! We can’t wait to share some of these stories and projects with you soon.