- take notes digitally, which resulting in increasing students' recognition of Chinese characters as well as Pinyin skills through typing (particularly beneficial for Mandarin ab initio students) ;
- use Text Editor function to prioritize and organize notes;
- take a picture of the teacher/self's handwritten notes or textbook pages and upload them to the Evernote;
- tag notes for easy searching and keeping track of the notes and ideas (i.e. searching grammar structures, text types, vocabulary, reading strategies, etc.)
- Share notes with each other when being absent from the school;
- insert relevant audio recordings, video clips, vocabulary mind maps, presentations and so on to enhance their understanding of the content;
- access the notes anywhere, anytime on any device as long as there is an internet access (Only Premium version allows users to access notes offline on your phones and tablets. You can always access notes on your computer and sync notes when the Internet access is available.);
- open and annotate PDF files in Preview or Adobe Reader and annotation will be automatically synced with your notes (You have to upload PDF files in your note first and then open them via Preview or Adobe Reader.);
- use Web Clipper function to capture and annotate anything you see/read online, including text, links and image to facilitate in the research process;
- promote engagement and learn autonomy in class;
- Use it as a language learning portfolio and help students to document their progress of acquiring a second language.
- last but not least, store their notes and never lose them before the exam!
- Guide students to register an account and download Evernote desktop app. This will allow students to continue to use it and sync notes later when there is no internet access.
- Teach students how to take an advantage of the Text Editor and introduce the hash tag (#) function for effective note taking and searching.
- Download Evernote Web Clipper Chrome extension or Firefox add-on, depending on what web browser you have. The Evernote Web Clipper allows students to save things they see and/or read on any website into their Evernote notebooks. What's so great about this is that students can also annotate what they see and/or read on the web and save them!
- take notes and upload different types of files that they want to or need to remember in Evernote, such as text, scanned documents, PDFs, video and audio clips, photos, mind-maps, and share notes with the teacher. Teacher should check students' notebooks from time to time to ensure students are taking notes effectively and check if there is any typo or misunderstanding of the content, particular if they are typing Chinese characters.
- create different notebooks and tag them according to different topics. Three notebooks are required by me are Grammar, Text Types, and Written Assignment notebooks.
- search and review what they have learned, but have forgot.
- use the Web Clipper function to research Written Assignment Topics.
- Prepare and save their formative and summative assignment tasks (presentations, photos, essays, video clips of role-plays, audio recording of interviews...) in Evernote for reflection and improvement. It can be used as a language portfolio.
- review their notes any time, any where on any device!
There are plenty of Evernote tutorial videos on Youtube. If you are not sure how to use it, I am sure you can get your questions answered through these tutorial videos.