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  1. I, too, am taking 3 classes that have a no technology policy this semester. At first, I was a bit peeved. I've been using Evernote for quite literally every part of my life, and it upset me to think that I couldn't incorporate my school work seamlessly into my life. Not only that, I felt like I was DECREASING my productivity just trying to get all my school work organized without being able to use Evernote. I was bombarded with syllabi, powerpoint slides, and handouts on my first day of class and was not happy about it, especially since I'm striving to become as paperless as possible. All that being said, after going through my first full week of school, I'm slowly beginning to better understand the reasoning behind my professors for implementing this policy. So here's my 2 cents on the policy, in my point of view 1. No laptops = more student engagement and less distraction. As GrumpyMonkey said, I can definitely see that, especially with my discussion-based business classes. True, with the massive growth of technology, students need to learn how to use technology more effectively and also develop a level of self-control (i.e. learn to not always check Facebook in class). However, especially with the courses I'm taking now, having a laptop in front of me, or even a tablet, does make me feel less engaged, even if I'm not on Facebook. Just the opportunity to send out an email or look up directions to a restaurant during class is distracting for me, personally. The nature of technology is that you can do so much with it, so it's hard to not get distracted with a device in front of you, especially when a professor is moving slowly through a lecture. 2. It's definitely annoying that I have to take an extra step to gather my notes into one place and attempt to reduce clutter. I don't have a ScanSnap or LiveScribe pen, but Christmas is coming up, so who knows what'll happen I will say that it hasn't been as bad as I thought. I'm lucky because all my professors post up their syllabi, power points, and articles up online, as well as additional readings, so it's really easy to drag and drop these files into my Evernote. I've created a notebook for each class and have already put all of these into Evernote for my reference. I do a lot more listening in class than note-taking, which has kept me more engaged. Outside of class, I type up my notes if I think they're important, which is a good way for me to review what I've learned. En sum, a no technology in class does not mean I can't use technology for my schoolwork. Evernote is still a great data compilation and retrieval tool that I can use as a student. It is a shame I can't access it in class, but that doesn't stop me from using it for school.
  2. I'm a little too sentimental to go completely paperless, so I keep most of the handwritten letters I receive just to have the physical form of them. However, for documents and more "impersonal" papers, those go straight to the recycle bin. Once scanned into Evernote, they're keyword-searchable anyway, which beats any filing system I can come up with. As for your question about whether EN will be around? I think Phil Libin, the CEO has a little something to say about that Part of EN's mission is to become a 100-year company, and the decisions and long-term focus of the company definitely live up to its words. http://www.readwrite...t-100-years.php I take comfort in knowing that EN is a company that really wants to stick around for the long haul. And to reiterate what bduncan said--if EN was to go away, you could still export your data out of the client application, and keeping a local backup as well as an extra safeguard isn't a bad idea.
  3. Thanks, Graeme! Yes indeed, incorporating Peek will be my next step for sure- once I get my hands on an iPad
  4. Disclaimer: this idea only applies to Evernote for Mac, but I'm sure it can be easily duplicated across platforms. I'm a part-liberal arts student at UT, and I love discovering new words. For years, I've struggled with the best way to look up and remember words I come across in the various books and articles I read. Ever since I got a Mac a few years back, I have been using the dictionary app almost 24/7! I love how trustworthy, well-designed, and ad-free it is. With its Wikipedia integration, it's my one-stop shop for any definitions. Recently, I've come to incorporate Evernote as a great way of saving the words I come across. Here's what I do: 1. Look up a word in Dictionary App 2. Use icon in menu bar to "Clip Rectangle or Window to Evernote" 3. Select the definition 4. Add word as the title And, voilà! My very own Evernote Dictionary, beautifully organized and designed: What's even better is that even when you clip articles from the web, you can right-click on a word --> Look up in Dictionary right from your Evernote. Oh, the sweet smell of progress And as always, I'm open to suggestions. Are any of you all doing something similar? Have you found an even better way to clip/organize words?
  5. Neat idea, Blake! I'm a little embarrassed to post mine.. but I figured I spent a good 20 minutes of my life on it. Might as well give myself some credit. Skitch on a Macbook, drawn with a touchpad and some skill Kidding.
  6. Oh, and welcome to the forum, Ray Hope that helped!
  7. I've come across that problem, too. An easy fix is to simply preselect the area you want to clip by highlighting the area (text, images, whatever). Then, click the web clipper extension elephant. It automatically clips what you've selected Another good way to clip is to use the Evernote icon in the menu bar at the top. Just select "Clip Rectangle or Window to Evernote." You can clip really easily that way as well. I'm not sure if there's a better way to do this.. but that way has worked for me.
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