Why Evernote is my Universal App

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As I prepare for my Ontario Teachers’ Federation Webinar tomorrow night, I reflect on how frustrating it has been to try and pull it together.  In a perfect world, I might do my personal brainstorming and planning on an online document so that I could edit it from whatever device I happen to be using at the time.  As you can imagine, I hope, that approach just wouldn’t work.  What to do, what to do….

That’s where Evernote comes in.  But, isn’t it a cloud service?

Well, yes, and no.  I found me taking advantage of both the yes and no part as I put this together.

The yes part works well in the wee hours of the morning when I do get better speeds than the above.

But, the no part works just as well.  All of the potential devices (PC, Mac, iPad, Android phone) all have the Evernote client on it.  The nice part is that they will work offline when necessary.  When the going gets better, Evernote syncs the latest updates so that I end up ultimately with one master document … eventually!

I’ve come to rely on Evernote as my on the go application for document creation and brainstorming.  I can be anywhere working on a document and then rely on the ability to pull it all together when connected.  I haven’t dropped a bit, and the dog still gets to go for a run while I work on the document!

I figure that I have five different clients downloaded and installed somewhere so I’m covered wherever I happen to be.  


I was at the university between my classes and thought that I’d hop on one of the university machines to enter a thought and … omg, they don’t have the Evernote client installed.  Then, I remembered – log into the web, dumbie!

Through the whole frustrating saga of connection issues, at least I had the power of Evernote to keep me at it.  If you haven’t tried it, you really need to.  You’ll be glad that you did.  In a BYOT scenario in schools where you’re not necessarily at your favourite desktop, this wonderful application will be one common platform for you and your students.


6 thoughts on “Why Evernote is my Universal App

  1. Totally agree with you Doug. It’s my notetaking/recording tool of choice too, for all of the reasons you state above. I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to Danah Boyd speak here in Melbourne this afternoon, and Evernote was open and plenty of notes were taken! I’ve been getting the kids I teach to sign up to it and they love it. They take pics of the whiteboard, record teacher’s lessons, and have it loaded on their various devices for access everywhere. I think it’s my favourite web application.


  2. You’ve definitely got me thinking I need to start exploring Evernote. I’ve installed the app on all my devices but just not got round to exploring it yet. I think that is on the lo-do list for this weekend.


  3. Evernote is my application of choice as well..I have it on every device too – even my blackberry – couldn’t be without it now. I especially like how it is so compatible with my Livescribe pen too!


  4. Just crossed 2,000 Evernotes. Happy to see they just got another round of funding. ;0) It has reduced my social bookmarking, however. I’ve asked the good folks at ifttt.com if they could make a task that takes Evernote URLs and bookmarks them to delicious or diigo…said it’s a bit complex but they’re working on it.


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