Planning Tool Showdown: Evernote vs Drive

We are ten weeks into Term 1 in Australia and as such timetables and planners are being finalised. If you are exploring new ways to plan to make your teaching life easier, here are two tools that make every teacher’s life easier.

Evernote

The free version of Evernote is great for teachers who plan on their own. It will hold all of your planners and make them available on all of your devices. It is also fantastic for organising meeting notes, to-do lists and observational records. The free version is great for text-based notes, but if you want to add images you will quickly eat into your monthly bandwidth allowance.

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The paid version of Evernote is fantastic for team planning, as everyone can add to the one note. I highly recommend Evernote for teachers who work across a number of devices, as the app works seamlessly across them all. The paid version also gives you 1GB of uploads, allowing you to add images of students work, voice recordings and even short videos. This is fantastic for organising formative and summative assessments, and will make report writing a breeze.

Check out Bec Spink’s blog for more information on how to set up Evernote for effective teacher organisation!

 

Google Drive

Google Drive is absolutely fantastic for planning in larger teams, especially those who do not have significant common planning time. I used this last year with my team and it was fantastic. It allows many people to contribute to the one document at the same time, allowing planning to be a lot more efficient. It also has a comments section that allows you to discuss any problems or questions with your team. Best of all it is free and easy to establish.

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For organising observational notes and assessments, Drive is a little harder to manage. It is more difficult to search within notes and does not have the ease of use for reporting that Evernote has. Also, if your internet is not reliable, you cannot immediately upload or edit any of your notes. This was a constant issue for me as my school’s internet was not constant. If you need reliability, even without internet, then Evernote is a better choice.

Rebecca Davies

One Comment

  1. Interesting post Rebecca. Although I use and have explored the potential of Evernote in the past, I have never worked collaboratively with it. In regards to Google Drive, I could not agree more about the internet (although I think they should improve the internet?). I have been trumped on both fronts this year with Dropbox coming through as the winner. Other than the internet issue, staff didn’t like that they lost all their Microsoft functionality (tables, embedding documents etc …), so we now use Dropbox. Biggest problem that we have found with Dropbox, not enough free memory. In the end, no matter what you choose, there are always issues and compromises I guess.

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