What parents need to know
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. The speak-and-read feature not only reads text, but also highlights text, which can help students who have auditory processing issues. 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
Language & Reading
- academic development
- working efficiently
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will take to this tool easily and will excitedly use it with friends and classmates.
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.
Evernote's website and app offer numerous ideas and tutorials for utilizing the app fully.
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?
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...
Talk to your kids 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.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone|
|Subscription price:||Evernot Premium available for $4.99/month or $49.99/year|
|Release date:||March 6, 2013|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 5.0 or later; Android 1.6 and up|