Using Digital Notetaking Systems (10%)

Evernote is a set of software tools for taking and organizing notes and resources. It is available in a free version for both Windows or Mac, and offers additional features for a paid subscription. It is flexible and allows you to synchronize work between your computers, tablets, smart phones, and other mobile devices.

We are going to use it for note taking, research organization, and drafting content for blog posts and your web exhibit.

  1. Create an account (free) at
  2. Download Evernote for your computer and other devices.
  3. Create a shared notebook for your NJ History topic or your class notes and post the public link on your student page. (Week 2)
  4. Use Evernote to gather information for your research for blog posts, metadata, and your web exhibit.
    1. Create a To Do List to keep track of tasks and things you want to look for
    2. Use Evernote's Web Clipper to capture blogs, webpages, and other content.
    3. Include digital photographs or video you take from your phone or camera
    4. Add PDFs of secondary source articles
    5. Use Evernote to start writing blog posts, item descriptions, and web exhibit text.
  5. Use Evernote's tags to organize your research
  6. Use Evernote to create first drafts of your blog and exhibit text
  7. Discuss the process in class on Week 9 (Mar. 13) and in a blog post on Week 15 (Apr. 24): what worked, what didn't, how did you organize your research, did it change the way that you think about taking notes, recording information, and working with your research?

If you would like to use a different software, it must allow shared files. Please clear it with me beforehand.

Grading Criteria

Notes (66%)

Have you used EverNote to take notes, of varying formats and types? Have you used it to draft portions of your exhibit and blog posts? Have you used it to track things to be done?

Reflection (33%)

Have you posted a blog post of 750 words or more on using EverNote, what you liked about it, what you learned about organizing information using it, its drawbacks and strengths. Were you prepared to discuss your use of it in class?
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