Technology in Ministry #2 – Evernote
What is Evernote?
I discovered Evernote about 6-8 months ago and it is outstanding!!! Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about it. The ability to electronically file everything in one place on all my devices – brillant! Evernote is a online tool that allows you to post notes (with lots of application possibilities) in a variety of different forms. Evernote syncs my notes, automatically, between my computers, iPhone, iPad and does it easiely and seemlessly (creating a back-up for all my Evernote files and notes).
Ways I use Evernote?
- I use it to hold all my business cards. In fact, when I get a card, I just take a picture with my phone and create a note for it and put it in my notebook called “Business Cards.” It is now instantly searchable and accessible on all my devices at any time. A great feature is that it also scans texts from pdfs and photos so they are searchable later.
- I use it to draft my articles and sermons. Evernote is where I put my outlines together, thoughts, sermon illustrations and when I am ready to write a sermon or article in Word, I have everything ready to be organized, copied and pasted.
- I use it for my expenses, taking pictures of my reciepts and keeping track of mileage. It is easy and once again available on all my devices (constantly syncing between them).
- I use it for my todo list. I have tried lots of todo list apps but I keep coming back to Evernote because it is simple and convenient.
- I use it for storing webpages I need to reference later (book I want to buy, articles I need to read, etc). I use the Chrome plugin for Evernote that allows me to clip any webpage into Evernote (including text and photos), making it tag-able, searchable and ready when I need it.
- I use it for keeping, storing and searching pdfs. I also use the “Good Reader” app for my iPad that allows me to annotate pdfs (underline, make notes, etc.) which is great for meetings or articles I am reading.
- I use it for scanning paper hand-outs. Have you ever been at a meeting and gotten a hand-out in paper formate but wanted it digitally? Just get an app for your smart phone that allows you to take a picture of the file and convert it to pdf. Many of these app will then allow you to email it to your free Evernote email address, automatically creating a new note and storing it forever in Evernote. Once again it is then tagable, file-able and searchable.
- I use it to keep audio notes of things. I can record these (you can do it with video too but I have yet to use this feature) on any device and come back to it on any of your devices.
- I use it for research when writing articles or papers. It is easy to do, allowing you to search and organize later.
- One of the best features is using it with Kindle Web which stores my highlights and notes from Kindle books I have read. Once I am finished a book, I simply clip the Kinde Web page (using the Chrome Evernote Clip Add-on) with my highlights and notes into Evernote and they are then searchable, reference-able and copy and paste-able when I need them.