Evernote Use #17- Save and Share Your Reading Annotations #50EduEvernote

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting 50 different ways school administrators and educators can use Evernote to be more organized and more effective. I’ll be using #50EduEvernote on Twitter to further this discussion and share ideas. If you’d like, click here to follow me on Twitter.

Evernote Use #17- Save and Share Your Reading Annotations

As an active reader, I highlight, write notes, and copy key ideas every time I read– whether it is my own physical book, a borrowed book, or an ebook.

When I finish a book, I save my reading notes to Evernote so that I have them everywhere I go. I often find myself thinking back to something I’ve read, and I love being able to access those notes from anywhere.

I typically save my reading notes one of three ways:

1. Import my notes and highlights directly from my Kindle account. (To learn the process I use, click here.)

Kindle Highlights and Notes (transferred directly from Amazon)

Kindle Highlights and Notes (transferred directly from Amazon)


2. Scan my handwritten notes.

Handwritten Book Notes (scanned)

Handwritten Book Notes (scanned)


3. Manually type my notes into an Evernote note.

Manually Typed Book Notes (Evernote for Mac)

Manually Typed Book Notes (Evernote for Mac)

After reading Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazi, I began sending my reading notes to colleagues and people I’ve just met and would like to help. Because I save my notes in Evernote, I simply email the Evernote note with my reading annotations.

Emailed Annotations

Emailed Annotations

Sharing annotations is a great way to foster a culture of collaboration and growth– perfect for teachers and administrators.



Three Ways to Use Evernote Reminders (that you may not have considered)

Since its recent update, Evernote has added many great features like integrating Skitch into Evernote, launching the market, and adding a presentation mode. However, my favorite addition (and the one that’s been missing for way too long!) is the reminder feature.

How does it work? It’s simple. By clicking the reminder icon (alarm clock) on any note, you can set a specific date and time for that note to be emailed to you. This is huge for project deadlines, upcoming events (like birthdays or anniversaries), and trip itineraries, but let me give you three reminder ideas you may not have considered.


1. Reading Reflections:  Before I ever knew what it was called, I kept a commonplace book (a central location for book quotations, ideas, and reading notes). As often as I read on my Kindle, Evernote has become the perfect place to keep my commonplace book. When I read, I take my time highlighting key ideas, writing notes, and asking questions, and once I finish a book, I consider myself 80% finished because I still need to transfer my ideas and notable quotations to Evernote (my commonplace book). Thanks to Evernote reminders, I now set a reminder about 1-3 months in the future and receive an email or notification to review my book notes with a fresh perspective.


Evernote Reminder SS

2. Keeping up with documentation. As a school administrator, I have the supreme joy of finding substitute teachers when needed. For planned absences, our teachers complete a leave request form stating the date and nature of the absence. Once the request is approved, we file the form in a giant 3-ring binder. However, before it’s filed, I scan the request form with my ScanSnap scanner, send the scan to my “Teacher Documentation/Forms” Evernote notebook, tag the note with the teacher’s last name, and set a reminder for the day before the planned absence. When the time comes, I receive an email and notification showing me the exact form I scanned with the specific class periods needed and I’m able to verify we are prepared to cover the absence the next day. You may not be a school administrator, but I’d bet you can find a similar use to help you with day-to-day operations (like keeping up with receipts, follow-up calls, trip itineraries, etc.).


3. Emails to Future Me. Before Evernote reminders, I’ve used a cool site called FutureMe.org which is really simple:  you write an email to yourself in the future and select a date you want to receive it (like six months from now), and six months later you receive an email from yourself. Weird, I know– but really helpful. I’ve replaced using FutureMe with Evernote reminders. For example, during the first week of in-service this year (my first as an administrator), I kept a note of ideas for next year and set a reminder for July 15, 2014. When July 15 rolls around next year, I’ll be just gearing up for back-to-school events and I’ll receive an email reminder to check out my notes from this past year. I have several reminders set for 2014 already!


The beauty of Evernote is that everyone can make it work perfectly for them. These three Evernote reminder uses have helped me be more productive, and I’d love to hear how Evernote reminders are working for you! Just leave a comment below.