Friday, April 10, 2015

Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #13 - Clearly - clean up what you are viewing

Evernote Web Clipper graphic

I'm a huge fan and user of Evernote, and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I'm starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

Tip #13 - Clearly

Evernote's Web Clipper allows you to clip a "simplified article" when clipping from a website. This feature gets rid of the side bars, ads, etc and just copies the article (occasionally it doesn't work depending on how the site was built, but it works most of the time.) It's a great way to just clip the article and not the distractions, making it easier to read, as well as taking less time to clip and using less storage space.

Evernote also has a stand alone browser extension that does basically the same thing, called Clearly.
Evernote Clearly is a browser extension that allows you to read online with less distractions. You simply click the extension and it hides all the distractions from blogs and articles, allowing you to read with less distractions and more easily. It use it a lot, especially on sites that have a ton of ads or side bar items.

This is great for students who have issues with distractions and makes things easier to read. 

Simply install the extension and click on it when in an article. From there, you can clip it to Evernote, highlight, annotate or even print. 

Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #12 - Notebooks, Notes, Tags

Evernote Web Clipper graphic

I'm a huge fan and user of Evernote, and lots of people ask me for tips on using it, so I'm starting a series of blog posts on Evernote Tips and Tricks to share some great tips and ideas for using Evernote.

Tip #12 - Notebooks, Notes, Tags

Evernote's notes and notebooks are the main part of the app. There are a lot of different ways to format and organize them.

I use notebooks, notebook stacks and tags to organize everything in Evernote. The stacks are by job/function, for example - school, consulting, personal. Then each note is a new area - lesson plans, project plans, receipts, recipes, photos, etc. Tags are used to make searching easier and to allow a note in one notebook to be "cross referenced" for search. I also use links to notes to connect notes in one notebook, into a note in another notebook.

In the last tip, Evernote Tips and Tricks Series - #11 - merge notes, create table of contents, create notebook stacks I talk about using notebook stacks to organize the notebooks more. You can also search through your notes to easily to find things and link notes to each other.

When you search, you can search for a term, in different notebooks or by tags. You can also just click on the tag on the left menu. Tagging is a great way to organize your notes.

There are a lot of ways to organize you notebooks and notes and some tips on formatting them.

  1. Group related notes into notebooks (like files into folders) - notebooks can be setup based on work, personal, travel etc. 
  2. Notebook stacks (see above) can be used to group notebooks together. For example, you may have a bunch of notebooks for work that you group together. 
  3. Use tags to connect different notes together - great for having notes that are in different notebooks, but have a common theme or topic. For example, I have SBAC (testing) as a tag in notes that could be in my IT/EdTech notebook or my Academic notebook. 
  4. If you have Evernote Premium, setup offline notebooks in Android and iOS.
  5. Use bold, underline, numbered lists, checklists, tables and bullet points in your notes to better organize your notes for easy reading. 
  6. Use horizontal lines in notebooks to divide sections of content. (Ctrl + Shirt + - will insert a horizontal line)
  7. Attach files into your notes for viewing and retrieval. PDFs and images are directly viewable in the desktop app. Clicking other files will open them with their associated app. Edit and then click save and the file in Evernote is updated (Desktop).
  8. Use a table of contents note to organize the notes in a notebook
  9. Use note links to reference one note in another note. 
  10. Create note templates and forms to save time (great for meeting notes, etc.)
  11. Put frequently accessed notebooks and notes in the Favorites Bar for quick access. 

There are a lot of ways to get organized with Evernote and tons of ways to manage your notes and resources. Hopefully theses tips were helpful.


Evernote for Education Resources (includes more tips)

Evernote Tips and Tricks Series

Tips on Getting Started with Evernote

Examples of using Evernote as: teacher, student, admin

Nimbus Screenshot - another great screenshot tool for Chrome

Yesterday I wrote about Awesome Screenshot, a free screenshot tool for Chrome. One of my connections on LinkedIn also suggested Nimbus Screenshot.

Nimbus Screenshot is another free screenshot tool for Chrome (browser and Chromebooks) that has some great features. It is also available for Firefox, Android and PC.

I'm using the Chrome version now and will be trying out the Android version later. It's easy to use and intuitive.

One nice feature about Nimbus is that it lets you save your screenshot, with annotations and edits, directly to Google Drive, which is especially great for Chromebook users.

Other features include: ability to capture whole web page, part of it or the whole browser window, edit screenshots, create your own drawing from scratch, paste patterns and textboxes to screenshot, resize and crop, add arrows and stickers and save as JPG, PNG and BMP formats.


Web-Based Image Editing Resources

Image Editing Resources


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Awesome Screenshot - screen shot app for Chrome (replacing webpage screenshot)


I was using Webpage Screenshot to do all of my screen shots for this blog and other projects and then I noticed it missing from my tool bar the other day. I went into Extensions and found that it was disabled by Google for violating the Chrome Webstore Policy. Then I saw this article that explained that the app collects an enormous amount of personal data and violates Google's policies. So, I looked for something else and found:

Awesome Screenshot is a great, free web app that takes screenshots in Chrome (OS and browser). You can capture a selection, the visible part of a page or the whole page. You can store images on their site or download them to your own device. It supports PNG formats and even supports horizontal scrolling on the page when capturing. You can also annotate and edit images.

It's very easy to use and works great and is great for anyone needing to take screen shots.


Web-Based Image Editing Resources

Image Editing Resources


Classroom Organizer - free app to organize your classroom library and book room

Classroom Organizer is a free web based and mobile app that allows you to organize and manage your classroom library and school book room.

The app allows you to Inventory print and eBooks, Import titles directly from your Booksource order, Add your existing books, Import your student roster, Enable students to check out and return books, Run assessment reports on student activity, Organize bookrooms and share eBooks with the Classroom Organizer School portal.

With the mobile app, available for Android and iOS, you can scan book title ISBNs into your library,  view your library, and manage your book locations.

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This is a great resource for classrooms and smaller schools to manage their book collections.



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