Monthly Archives: October 2012

Adding more Video to Evernote


Here is a possible workaround for those people who want to add more video to their Evernote accounts. The limit on the Premium accounts is 50 mb, which isn't very much. That is under 2 minutes of fairly low quality Iphone/Itouch video. For the free version that amount is half, 25 mb. This workaround gives you the ability to have up to 50 minutes per note.

First of all you will need some kind of video compression software. Because I was just using my Iphone for this I didn't bother to look for compression software for Macs or PCs. If you do have an iphone you can get a program called Video Compressor. (The URL is attached above or here…https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/video-compressor/id482465886?mt=8)

In addition you will need to have Dropbox on your phone as well.

Steps:

1. Shoot your video.

2. Open up the Video Compressor app and select either the HD Quality or Low Quality. I made two test runs. The HD ended up compressing from 57mg to 11mg and the Low Quality ended up compressing from 57 to 2.2. The difference is not that great. The quality isn't very good in either of them, but keep in mind that the lighting I used was poor. I think the sound quality on the HD is a little better.

3. Once you have selected you will be prompted to choose a video from you camera roll. You will press CHOOSE to compress and then it will automatically dump the new version into your camera roll.

4. Next you will need to open up your Dropbox app and upload the compressed movie. Once it is transfered you will need to move to your PC or Mac (where you should also have Dropbox).

5. Once the movie has been transfered, all you need to do is open up your Mac or PC based Evernote, open a new note or existing note and press the attach (the paperclip) button and it will attach.

6. If you are using the Low Quality you will be able to add something up to 50 minutes long (theoretically at least. That is based on the fact that my 2:00 video was about 2.2 mg).

 

Evernote Education Ambassador


Evernote Ambassador Blogpost

Today Evernote unveiled its new class of Evernote Ambassadors.  Along with Nicholas Provenzano I will be working with Evernote as their Education Ambassador.  It’s not a paid position but it makes the work I do with them more “official” and connects me with a wider group of educators around the world.  I look forward to continuing my work around the use of Evernote for Portfolios but will also be expanding my ideas beyond just portfolios.  My big goal is to help students become independent and interdependent learners.  The portfolio is just one tool to support that work.  Come and read more about the Ambassador program and my involvement here.  It will connect you to the Evernote Ambassador blog.   The link to the page about me is here.

I look forward to sharing my experiences in the coming weeks and months.

ScanSnap and Evernote


Evernote makes it really easy to upload information in a variety of ways into your notebooks.  You can use linked apps, cameras, photo rolls, email, webclipper and a variety of scanners.

In my classroom students have used the Lexmark Pinnacle Pro 901 with Smart Solutions for its easy touchscreen and its general ease of use for adding work to portfolios.  Unfortunately it has four major drawbacks.  #1. It isn’t easy to scan a double sided document. Rather than putting things through the document feeder you need to scan things by hand.  This can take a long time and it often creates a backup of students needing to use the scanner.  #2.  You can’t assign the documents you scan to specific notebooks or give them titles.  You need to take a second step by opening up your account and doing that step.  This again takes time for students.  #3.  You have to set the option for JPEG or PDF at the Smart Solution website ahead of time.  Essentially you are having to pick one or the other because the time it takes to make those changes before hand is too complicated and time consuming.  #4.  It allows for 75 student “Evernote Widgets” but it ties student accounts to just one scanner. This is a big problem in the long run when a whole school is using Evernote as well as the Lexmark.  If students are in a variety of classrooms, but tied to one scanner, this makes the work of documentation that much more complicated.  If you are in a self contained classroom it is fine, but for students who move around to a lot of different classes and want to add work to their portfolios, this becomes a real issue.

Don’t get me wrong, I still really value my Lexmark as a portfolio workhorse (as well as a printer and photocopy machine!), but I am always on the lookout for something that does it all.

This summer I began to work with the ScanSnap s1300 to see how it might work in the classroom.  My first impressions?  I love it.  It is small, compact and lightweight, which means I can take it with me almost anywhere.  Along with having a power cord that plugs into an outlet, it also can plug into my USB port which means I can scan things just about anywhere.  While the ScanSnap is not nearly as hefty and durable as the Lexmark, it makes up for that in tackling the four problems I have with the Pinnacle Pro.

#1.  It is simple and quick to scan double sided documents.  It also straightens the document images after they scan in case the paper went in a bit crooked.    The imaging is bright and clear.

#2/3. Once you have scanned your image (with one easy button) the ScanSnap manager appears on your screen and asks you what you want to do with it. You have  a variety of choices.  When it comes to the Evernote options you can choose PDF or JPEG.  Once you have made your selection it automatically opens up your desktop Evernote and allows you to pick where you want to place it and what you want to title it.  Needless to say you need to have your scanner connected to your desktop or laptop as opposed to the wireless scanning that the Lexmark allows.

#4.  Because the ScanSnap manager opens up your Evernote account directly on your computer you need to log out ahead of time (if multiple people will be using it).  This can be a bit of a problem on the Mac version that I have because the log in and log out doesn’t work very well.

#5. Of course the ScanSnap doesn’t have the ability to make photocopies or act as a printer.  Having that option along with the scanning is very nice in the classroom.

Overall I would give the ScanSnap a very high rating.  It is a bit more expensive than the Lexmark.  The ScanSnap is about $260 on Amazon new while the Lexmark is anywhere from $99 used to $235 new.  My students haven’t used it yet this year but I use it all the time to upload any kind of paper documents I want to put into Evernote. It think it is a great addition to any classroom.

For more information visit the ScanSnap website.

Sending e-mails to Evernote, a few tips


One of the basic ways to information into evernote is to use your evernote email address. Every Evernote account comes with an email address. You can find your email address by clicking on Tools->Account Info in the desktop client. Everything that is sent to this email address becomes a note in your default notebook in evernote. If you send a picture and text both of those things will be in the note. If you email an audio file that will become a note.

If you want to assign the email that you are sending to create a note in another notebook besides your default notebook, in the subject line of your email Include the @notebook. So lets say you wanted to send your email to the notebook called blog you can. Just send it like this

SUBJECT: This is the title @blog

BODY: what ever you want in the note.

Now if you want to add tags to the note you are creating you can do so by just adding #tagname. So again an example. We also want to tag our above example with the tag ideas. It would look like the following

SUBJECT: This is the title @blog #ideas

BODY: what ever you want in the note.

One thing to note. The notebook and tags that you assign via the subject line must already exist in your evernote account. You can not create new tags or notebooks via email.