Tips for Using Evernote on Your Classroom iPads

By Sam Gliksman

Evernote is the Swiss army knife of tools for your iPad classroom. There are a variety of ways to use Evernote. Once you start using it, you’ll think of many more. Here are just a few ideas to get you going:

  • Taking class notes: Students can take class notes and organize them in notebooks for each subject. Even if they don’t take the iPads home, they can access their Evernote accounts and notes on any computer with an Internet connection.

  • Creating shared notebooks: If you have a Premium account, you can set up notebooks and share them with anyone — even if they have a free account. Create and share a notebook for each student in your class. You can monitor their progress and offer advice and feedback on their notes.

  • Sharing notebooks for group work: Notebooks can be shared. Sharing a notebook is a great way for students to work collaboratively on a group project and share research and information.

  • Distributing content to class: Teachers can share a notebook with students. That’s a very simple way to distribute information to the class. Just create a note in the shared notebook, add the content, and it’s available for all students to open and access.

  • Submitting work to the teacher: Sending content via email to your Evernote email address is a fantastic way to easily create notes on an iPad. It can also be used creatively to create a class “dropbox” where students can submit work to a teacher.

    You can have each student add the teacher’s Evernote email address to the Contacts on his or her iPad. Students then send their work to the teacher’s Evernote email address and bingo — it’s automatically filed as a new note in the teacher’s Evernote account.

    Also, by simply giving the email address to students, you don’t give them any access to see or open any notes in the teacher’s Evernote account. It won’t guarantee that students submit their work on time, but each note will indicate the exact time each student submitted it.

  • Blogging: Get students to set up a notebook and keep it as a writing journal or blog. They can share it with you so you can access it and add comments.

  • Foreign language: Use the recording feature in notes as a tool for students to record themselves practicing their foreign language skills. ¿Es muy increible, no? Or something like that …

  • Reading and speaking: Use the recording feature in notes as a method for students to record themselves reading or speaking. Notes are kept as a way of gauging progress through the year.