The Evernote Journal in the Classroom

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The Evernote Journal in the Classroom

Posted by Mie Yaginuma on 31 Mar 2014

Posted by Mie Yaginuma on 31 Mar 2014

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.


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  • Mitch

    I have to be missing something here. I am premium member. Been using Evernote for couple years. Been paperless for over a year now. Why would I want Moleskin to write on and then download do Evernote? I just don’t understand…

    • Frank Mundo

      an awfully good question. Manual manipulation of a pencil, and the versatility of actually drawing with a pencil may stimulate and use gray matter more effectively.

    • Amogh

      Just so that you can spend more of your hard earned money on Evernote branded goodies

    • Nick

      I totally agree with you, Mitch. When they fir$t introduced the “Mole$kin” thing, I thought I wa$ mi$$ing $omething. But when I realized they were actually talking about “writing”, I couldn’t figure out why $uch a progre$$ive company with $uch a great product and $ervice$ promote backward$ evolution? Then I realized that Amogh’$ perception wa$ right on the “money” (no pun intended).

    • Tamar

      OK, so initially I would have said the same thing as you lot here, that it was all about evernotes branded goodies. But then I bought one moleskin (the cheapest one) just to see what it was all about. I’m an English teacher, so I make actual written notes when my students are speaking. It’s quicker than typing on an ipad or laptop and I’m much more flexible when I can use a pen. I find it to be a worthwhile extension of my evernote notebooks.
      I photograph the notes I make and add them to each students lesson plans as feedback on the lesson. I also use penultimate to make hand written notes,and although it’s a great app, when I need to be very quick I still go for my pen.
      So I hope this might help someone wondering why on earth y would need an old fashioned notebook…

      • Joe

        If you photograph the notes, why do you need anything other than a normal pen and paper?

  • Mike Hardin

    Agreed, the journals are way overpriced. But I do like having a paper journal to write in. Some things are just easier to write with a pen. Sometimes I need to take notes while I’m on my phone and away from my computers. But I prefer journals from to moleskins. They are very similar, except less expensive and all the pages, not just the last few, are perforated in case you want to take them out and scan them into evernote. I find virtually all of Evernote’s non-digital product line to be WAY over-priced.