Summer is approaching. Tomorrow is my last day with students. After several summers of classes and general business, I plan to use this summer as an opportunity to chill out, rejuvenate, and also to catch up on blogs, articles, and give my self some professional development. For this task, I love the app Evernote.
Evernote is a web tool and app that allows you to annotate and save audio, visual, PDFs, web sites, etc. Just about anything! Your clippings are filed in "notebooks" and you can also tag them for easier searching. In all seriousness, my life changed after I discovered Evernote.
Once you have created an account online, you can download the desktop version for your computer(s) and also the apps for your various mobile devices. Everything is free unless you need a large amount of storage. All of your notes are synced across devices and everything you've saved is at your fingertips, able to be searched and retrieved in seconds.
My absolute favorite feature of Evernote is the web clipper. This allows me to clip part or all of a web page to save. This is how I save ideas and articles I read on blogs and websites. As I incorporate some of these new tips and tools into my classroom next year, I'll be able to easily find them in Evernote.
My other use for Evernote (and maybe the most important) is for RECIPES! I enjoy cooking and baking and have always struggled with how to organize my recipes. I now store them as web clippings, PDFs, photos or text in Evernote. There is an Evernote Food app as well, but I just use my regular Evernote account.
All of the notes are editable, so I can change recipes, add a photo, or add notes to a Spanish-class idea for next year. I love Evernote!
P.S. My not-overly-techie husband also uses Evernote for recipes! This would be a great way to get started using Evernote. Good luck!