Evernote Use #15- Read, Annotate, Save, & Share Ad-Free Articles with Clearly #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 #15- Read Online Easier with Evernote Clearly

There are many great apps and extensions that work with Evernote, and one of my favorites is Evernote Clearly for several reasons:

1. It makes reading online easier and clutter-free.

2. It’s simple to clip and save articles to Evernote.

3. It love being able to annotate an article while I read it.

4. It’s a great way to share an article without any ads.

5. When reading an article, I can also see my related Evernote notes.

Evernote Clearly Features

Evernote Clearly Features

Here’s how it works.

Once you’ve downloaded the extension, you’ll see a reading lamp in your toolbar. When you come across an article you’d like to read, click the reading lamp and put Evernote Clearly into action. We’ll use the article “Are your students engaged? Don’t be so sure” as an example.

Online Article with ads

Online Article with ads

To eliminate the ads and have the ability to annotate and clip to Evernote, click the Evernote Clearly lamp icon in the toolbar.

Reading an article with Evernote Clearly

Reading an article with Evernote Clearly

After reading and annotating the article, clip it to Evernote. You can set a destination notebook for clipped articles (mine is called “Articles”) and tag the article depending on the content.

Article clipped to Evernote with Annotations (Evernote for Mac)

Article clipped to Evernote with Annotations (Evernote for Mac)

Once the article is clipped to Evernote, it is searchable, ad-free, and ready to share with others or keep for future reference. You can also add commentary and other notes.

When sharing an article with students and colleagues, rather than giving them the original article’s URL, I prefer to clip the article to Evernote and share it using the Evernote note’s URL. Doing so eliminates all of the ads and side links and provides fewer reading distractions.

Evernote Clearly is the way to go for online reading. Check it out!

 

Jordan

 

 

 

Evernote Use #7- Create a Classroom Homepage #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 #7- Create a Classroom Homepage

Have you ever stood in front of a class and attempted to direct them to a specific website?

You may have projected or wrote a link on the board like this:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=garber/090326

or maybe you displayed a shortened link like this:

http://shar.es/UtVQj  (which seems even harder to communicate!)

or maybe you created a QR code for the link like this:

QR Code

QR Code

or worse, you may have attempted to say it aloud:

“H-T-T-P-:-/-/-S-P-…”

If it’s a one-time thing, although it is frustrating, you can share a link all of the different ways listed above. However, having to do this on a regular basis in a classroom is both inefficient and ineffective.

No matter how you might try to direct an audience to a specific website, nothing is easier than just having them click on the link.

Here’s a solution:  Create a Classroom Homepage using an Evernote URL. For this you’ll need to share a URL link one time– after that, your students can just open the bookmarked link and click where you’d like for them to go.

Here’s how to do it:

Create a new Classroom Homepage Note in Evernote and copy the Share URL. Add any information, links, PDFs, pictures, documents, etc. to the note.

Evernote for Mac

Evernote for Mac

On the first day of school, share the homepage link with your students (you’ll probably have to use one of the sharing options mentioned earlier… sorry). Be sure your students bookmark the link you’ve shared. It’s also a good idea to have the link or QR code displayed in your classroom.

Here is what your Classroom Homepage may look like (student’s view):

Student's View

Student’s View

From that point forward, any time you need to share information or want your students or audience to visit a link, update the note in Evernote. Keep in mind, you can keep adding to your one single note throughout the entire year or replace the content each time you update it. That’s your call.

Evernote for Mac

Evernote for Mac

When students go to the homepage they’ve bookmarked, this is what they’ll see:

Student's View

Student’s View

Using Evernote as a classroom homepage is simple and easy to do. If you’ve always wanted your own classroom webpage, this may be the easiest way to do it.

 

 

50 Ways Admins and Teachers Can Use Evernote #50EduEvernote

#1- Checklists & To-Do Lists

#2- Taking and Organizing Meeting Notes

#3- Saving Handwritten Meeting Notes

#4- Emailing Files

#5- Capture Classroom and School Ideas

#6- Share Regularly-Update Documents

Search Kindle Highlights Quickly with Evernote

I read on my Kindle. A lot. When I read, I highlight, make notes, and bookmark pages like crazy. One problem I kept running into was forgetting where I read something. Because the Kindle doesn’t have a simple way to simultaneously search through all my notes and highlights from every book, finding a specific note or highlight is tricky. I’ve spent quite a bit of time opening books, searching for a specific highlight, not finding what I was looking for, and repeating the process.

I put an end to endless searches when I began clipping my Kindle notes to Evernote. Now, when I search for a note or highlight, Evernote searches through all of the book notes I’ve added and I’m able to quickly find what I’m looking for. No more guessing who said what in what book.

Here is how I add my Kindle notes and highlights to Evernote.

1. Log into your unique Amazon Kindle page to view your books.

2. Select a particular book and use the Evernote WebClipper to add your notes and highlights to Evernote.

3. Edit the new Evernote note to take out the “extra” things (web version shown below)

4. Delete text (like “Add a note”) if you’d like (desktop version shown below)  

Now you’re finished!

If you have highlights from several books, in addition to having a specific notebook for your book notes, you may want to consider keeping a single note with a list of all your books. Copy and paste the note link from each book into one note. Doing so allows you to find specific books quickly (even faster than searching titles).

Clipping Kindle notes and highlights is perfect for students who use digital textbooks. For more great student Evernote ideas, be sure to download the free ebook 19 Practical Evernote Ideas for Students.