I’ll bet some of you are ahead of me in using the cloud to keep your resources, lists, and notes accessible 24 x 7. Yes, I’m behind — 34 million people are already using Evernote (available for Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Androids). Their slogan really fits our tips about acquiring knowledge and drilling: “Evernote: Remember Everything.”
The basic app is free on their website. If you want to have a group edit notebooks, there is a user fee, but few of you will really need that, as you can share your notebooks for free viewing by others.
To stimulate your thinking about how to use this tool in HCASC, here are some links from their website:
- 10 Great Ways Students Can Use Evernote
- Evernote for Students: The Ultimate Research Tool
- Search results for Evernote in Education
So how can this help players and coaches. Here are some good ways to use it:
- Capture an article or list from the Internet (using the Web Clipper).
- Create topic-specific notebooks in which to store your finds.
- Go paperless!
- Sync your notebooks across all your devices.
- Keep topic research notes (as suggested by Dr. Michael P. Decker and Mark Dawson in their blog posts).
- Write your drills in notebooks and use them at HCASC Club meetings.
Evernote is not the only such app. Google Notebook has been discontinued, but there are other services to consider including:
- Jjot (online web app)
- Springnote (online web app + iPhone app; group notebooks)
- Ubernote (online + iPhone/Android app; sharing; free version carries advertising)
This last is not exhaustive as new services are emerging. And as some are consolidating, be sure that you keep track of your data.