Saturday, April 17, 2010

Evernote: A Bionic Brain?

Evernote logoCloud-based note-keeping software Evernote recently profiled in its blog a user with traumatic brain injury who uses the software as a sort of prosthetic memory. In the feedback section, several other people with memory problems also sung the praises of Evernote. I also recommend it for students who have difficulty taking notes in class. They can photograph the teacher's notes from the chalkboard. Once uploaded into Evernote, all text, whether printed or handwritten, is recognized by the system and is searchable. The student doesn't need to worry about organizing a binder full of notes from different classes (although it can help if he adds tags to notes he uploads). If he just types in "Othello" for example, all his notes containing "Othello" (including those written by his English teacher and captured with his smartphone's camera) will come up, and when he clicks on one, it will be displayed with all instances of "Othello" highlighted. Evernote comes in free and paid/premium versions.

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