As Trillium begins to move toward school-wide (k-12) implementation of online portfolios using Evernote some of the administrative “kinks” are being worked out.
#1. One of the main questions people tend to ask me about creating accounts concerns the legal age requirement. When creating an account you are prompted to check off a box that indicates that you are at least 13 years old. Of course this is a problem if you want to make accounts with students that are younger. The good news (which I just recently received from the Evernote team) is that COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) rules around use provide the ability for schools to act as agents between Evernote and the children’s family. If a parent signs a permission form (which states how Evernote will be used) the school can check off the “I am 13” box for students.
#2. Evernote has created Premium for Schools administrative tools which allow the school to have a level of administrative control. (See below image) Having premium accounts allows for sharing of notes between all students (which allows them to easily collaborate with one another), provides a larger storage capacity per month and a higher level of tech support. Schools receive a discounted monthly fee ($2.50 rather than a typical $5.00) which may be prohibitive for some schools. (For Trillium that would cost about $10,000 per year for 360 students). However, that cost could also be passed to the families ($2.50 per month) which could be clumped together into a $30 fee payed at the beginning of the year or spread out in chunks. Of course a normal account is free so all schools, no matter their financial standing, could open accounts.