When I started discovering the math teacher amusement park that is the MathTwitterBlogosphere, I quickly found myself so excited about what I had discovered and so overwhelmed about what I had discovered.
My first instinct was to bookmark, bookmark, bookmark. I made bookmark icons on my ipad, bookmarks on my web browsers and bookmarks on my desktop. I had bookmarks inside bookmarks inside bookmarks. The problem: I couldn’t find resources when I got ready to use them and I now had more bookmarks on my ipad than I had actual apps.
Then an angel appeared in the form of Kate Nowak at a Global Math Department session last spring. Kate suggested Evernote as a method of organizing all of the resources I had found. I had a few things in Evernote and had used it very infrequently as a medium for holding a few PDF files or interesting articles. Kate Nowak uttered the words I was waiting to hear when deciding how to organize my mountain of resources: Tagging and Searchable PDFs.
Many of you might be thinking “there are plenty of sky drives that are searchable.” (Maybe you are now wondering what a sky drive is.) Anyway, none of the online storage platforms have been as versatile, flexible, and easy to use. I’ve tried Adobe Reader, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, the works. Evernote surpasses them all.
A bonus: Evernote and Adonit joined forces and created Jot Script, a one-of-a-kind stylus for note-taking. Now, I can handwrite notes into Evernote and they are searchable as well! It’s like Christmas and my birthday!