I have never been a big technology person. I have never cared about having the lastest gadgets, computers or phones. However, over the last few weeks I have been on a mission to make things a little easier on myself, which means introducing more technology into my life.
My most advantageous technology discovery so far has been Evernote. Oh and it is FREE!
You may have read about our homeschool in a bag. We like to be extremely mobile in our homeschool. Until I found Evernote, I would simply print out a copy of each week’s lesson plan and put it in our binder. However, for one, I really hated to waste paper each week doing that, espeically when I was throwing them out after I copied my notes onto my computer version. Also, as I would have to change and move things around, I would have to print out a new and accurate copy. Some weeks I printed out 3 or 4 different copies.
Also, there were times we needed to use the computer, like for listening to Spanish pronouncations of words. In my lesson plans I have a link to the site we need meaning I would need my computer or kindle to get to the links.
With our homeschool being a mobile operation, I wanted a way to be able to access each boys lesson plan from whatever device I had present, whether it is my laptop, kindle, or phone.
Evernote has allowed me to do just that. I can store a copy each boys’ lesson plan on Evernote and read it from my laptop, kindle or phone. All our links are right there and we can watch them immediately. I can quickly make notes onto any lesson plan on any device and then when I get back to my computer I can save an updated version back to my computer.
Staying on top of attendance is easy, since I can immediately go into my attendance document and take attendance.
Not only do I use Evernote for homeschooling, but I have started to use for my daily to do lists. I can sit on my laptop in the evening and write out my to do list for the next day. The next morning, as I am reading blogs and email on my kindle, I can also quickly check my to do list. If we are out and about I can check my to do list on my phone.
Same thing can be said for my grocery list or anything else I want to remind myself about. There is no more trying to remember to write something down, and fogetting. I can pull out my phone and quickly type note.
Evernote has become a huge help, and not to mention paper saver.
You can even organize your notes by creating different notebooks. Adding tags to your notes so that they are easily searchable. You can do voice messages and so much more.
I currently have a notebook for our daily schedule, our homeschool, the homeschool group I run, my menu and grocery list, blogging, and field trips/activities to do with the kids.
You can even choose to share your notebooks with other people. I could see using this when my boys are older as a way for me to see papers they are working on, or give them input on things like research papers.
The possibilities seem endless.
Have you tried Evernote? What do you use it for?
I am in no way related to or receiving anything from Evernote. It has just been a huge help to me over the last two weeks and thought I would share.