Evernote

 

Learning(i)

Organization tool helps kids manage their digital lives.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

One of Evernote's best features is its ease of use. Notes can be added by simply clicking the plus sign, and they automatically save and sync to other devices.

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Privacy & safety

Evernote does collect and keep personal information from users, including the content created on the app. Kids can also easily share the notes they create, so they should be reminded of sharing-appropriateness.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Evernote is a widely used productivity tool that works across multiple platforms to facilitate access to lists, notes, images, sound, links -- almost anything! -- from multiple devices. The app is a great tool for students who need assistance with their executive functioning skills. Included within the app is the ability to make separate notebooks and tag notes for easy access, helping kids with organizational and planning issues. Kids can make separate notebooks for each subject area, and the notebooks are simple with a clean interface for kids who can be easily distracted. Students who benefit from color-coding, highlighting, or enlarged fonts can make these adjustments in the edit tool once they save a note. The microphone feature can be helpful for kids who have difficulty with verbal memory. Premium accounts, available by monthly or yearly subscription, allow sharing for multiple users, but even on the free account, you can share notes or links via email or social media.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • writing

Skills

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • academic development

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will take to this tool easily and will excitedly use it with friends and classmates.

Learning Approach

Evernote helps develop important tech skills valuable in future school and workplace settings. If kids use it with guidance, they can improve research and organization skills and learn to better manage digital information.

Support

Evernote's website and app offer numerous ideas and tutorials for utilizing the app fully.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • writing

Skills

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • academic development

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn organizational skills and resource management. Evernote is a tool meant to make organizing all of the data coming at kids from many sources easier to manage. Kids not only learn important tech skills, but the tool can make learning and research easier across subject areas. Kids may also develop some organizational skills as they see how keeping track of information -- everything with a place and everything in its place -- makes learning and living easier. This free resource can help kids improve their own tech savvy and learn to better organize their digital lives.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

What's it about?

EVERNOTE is a cross-platform note-taking app used frequently in business and education. The beauty of the productivity app is that kids can access the information on Evernote from any device or computer. The information users can collect and save on Evernote seems limitless -- text, images, audio clips, photos, links, and more. The saved notes are searchable -- including the text within images. Notes can be shared via a link that users can email or share on social media sites as well as through other apps installed on the device.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The uses for Evernote seem endless, and as more schools move to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or 1:1 technology in classroom initiatives, kids may encounter Evernote more and more. The portability from device to device makes it a handy tool in a world where many kids work on multiple devices. The search function is great for finding specific pieces of stored information, though searching the text within images is hit or miss. Kids may find uses for Evernote in taking and sharing class notes, collaborating on school projects, or saving images of work or experiences.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about appropriate recording and sharing of information. Discuss what can be logged and what should and should not be shared.

  • Ask your kids for ideas of how you could use Evernote as a family to make organizing daily life easier.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Subscription price:Evernot Premium available for $4.99/month or $49.99/year
Release date:March 6, 2013
Category:Productivity
Size:38.10 MB
Publisher:Evernote
Version:5.2.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later; Android 1.6 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Educator and Parent of a 16 year old Written bylizhecht April 26, 2013
age 13+
 

Homework helper

Its also great for storing notes on a research project as it collects the Bibliography information about the site you are looking at.
Kid, 10 years old October 9, 2013
age 10+
 

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I use it for taking all sorts of notes... love it

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