19 Practical Evernote Ideas for Students (free)

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I’ve given 19 ideas how students can use Evernote at school, but there many more ways. What’s one more way students can benefit from using Evernote? Add your comments below.

Getting Students Started with Evernote

Most 8th graders fall into two extremes: either they know more about technology than I do, or they don’t even know if they have an email address. There really is no in-between. Over the summer, I went back and forth on the best way to set up accounts for my new students. I debated between these two options:

Option 1- Teacher Creates Student Accounts and Email Addresses

With this option, I would create a gmail address for each student using the same pattern (i.e. student last name.first name.year@gmail.com). Once I had the gmail address I created, I would then create an Evernote account for each student using the same naming pattern. Each student would have a unique password, but I would always have access to both the Evernote and gmail accounts.

The Pros: more teacher control; accounts correctly set-up; easy to link notebooks

The Cons: labor-intensive; not an authentic Evernote account for students

Option 2Students Create Accounts

With this option, each student would create his or her own Evernote account with an active email address. Students would then email me from their accounts so that I could link them to our class notebook.

The Pros: easy set-up (for me); students could have autonomy in creating a unique account

The Cons: lots of trouble-shooting involved; students may not set-up accounts correctly; incoherent usernames; students may not have an email address

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I decided to go with Option 2. The students’ homework over the first weekend of school was simple: create an Evernote account and email me from it. I went over the homework assignment in each class.

I also emailed the Homework Directions and steps detailing how to Create an Account to all the 8th grade parents. I also included a note explaining the assignment and how my classes will use Evernote. I also included a public link to our shared class notebook.

After creating accounts, students emailed me an Evernote note, and I added them to the shared class notebook. They also have access to our class notebook via the public link, but by linking their Evernote accounts to the class notebook, they can access it through Evernote rather than depending on a web browser.

Having each student create an account is definitely a hurdle, but that’s only the beginning. The next (HUGE) step is to teach them what to do with Evernote. I’ll save that for another post.

(Note: Feel free to use any or all of the PDFs as an example or template. If you’d like for me to email you the Word document I used to create the PDFs, just send me an email and I’ll be glad to help you out. Doing so may save you some time and allow you to personalize everything.)

The First Evernote Student Workshop

Because my administrators were willing to take a chance on my vision, I held the first ever Evernote Student Workshop at my school on Tuesday, July 31.

I began spreading the word about the class (via email, Twitter, and Facebook) on Monday, July 23, and by that Friday, I already had 20 students register.

Despite the fee and time (Tuesday morning in the middle of the summer), 25 junior high and high school students showed up with iPhones, iPads, tablets, and laptops at 9:00 AM on Tuesday morning ready to go.

In the three hour session, we covered a lot. I walked students through the following:

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