Evernote

UntitledEvernote is a lovely Productivity app.

It wasn’t one I warmed to initially, I had it on my iPhone for ages without understanding what it could so. Maybe because at first glance it doesn’t seem to do that much but actually it’s a really powerful tool.

It’s not one I use with the children (although there is no reason why it wouldn’t work successfully) but it is an app I use everyday.

It’s a note-taking app that stores your notes in a type of database.

 

You create notes and organise them into notebooks.

Notes can be annotated, drawn on, tagged, moved, emailed, copied and searched.

Notebooks can be stacked.

It syncs neatly across all platforms. As long as you are online you can access your notes from your computer/smartphone/iPad etc

The actual note taking facility has a no frills functional interface, but you can drag and drop all types of files onto a note and it will store them for you.

If you want to use more complex tables (for example, I use one as a weekly planning tool) you can create them in another application (e.g. Numbers) and simply cut and paste giving you all the functionality of Numbers but the accessibility of Evernote.

You can create lists, set reminders, share notes, add photos and videos.

There are also lots of great user guides online showing how to use it effectively.

My favourite thing about it it that it reads handwriting so you can photograph handwritten notes and still use the search facility.Untitled

That’s amazing, really amazing.

Just a few years ago I remember scanning documents and using OCR software to read typed text.

About 20% of the words would be incorrect and it would do all sort of odd things like turn some letters into Cyrillic text.

And now, on my iPhone I can photograph handwriting and ClEvernote can read it.

Wow, just wow.

 

The Wonder of Wunderlist

wunderlistI like lists.
I really like Wunderlist.

In the old days I used to write them in the many many notebooks that I used to buy.

That must be a family thing because when I visited my sister recently she had a huge pile of pristine beautiful stationery stacked neatly in her spare room.

I’ve tried lots of different list apps. In the pre-app era I used to use tada lists a lot.

I liked Astrid and dabbled with various other apps before finding and sticking with Wunderlist.

Everything about it is neat and well ordered. You can make lists within lists, share lists, set reminders and even add lists to an inbox to prioritise them.

You can use it on your phone, macbook and iPad and it synchronises seamlessly.

For a while I’ve been thinking about how to use Wunderlist in the classroom and after a few trials and errors I’ve come up with a way that worked well for me.

I have my account set up on my iPad/iPhone/Mac and then have a different account set up on the pupil iPads.

I then create a list on my Wunderlist account.

Useful lists have been success criteria for a lesson, steps needed to complete a task and a set of challenges that need completing.

I then share this list with the pupil account – as soon as it is accepted it appears on all the pupil iPads.

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You can use this in a number of ways

  • One list for everyone – in this instance ask the pupils not to tick the boxes but use the list as a reference point
  • Individual names lists for groups or pupils – they can then tick off the list items as they achieve them.
  • Or you could do it the other way around where pupils compile as list as they work through a task and then at they end they share it with you.

Of course, if you don’t want to use Wunderlist yourself you only need one account to do this but I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to use it for yourself.