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Digital Pedagogy for the Analog Past

This post is a follow-up to a roundtable called “Digital Pedagogy for the Analog Past: Technological Tools and Methods for Teaching Premodern Materials” at the annual Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference in Toronto. Themes One of the main themes…

Spotlight and Minimalist Organization

I’ve been experimenting over the last few months with an extremely scaled back way of organizing my files and I’ve found that, strictly speaking, all I need to manage them is “Spotlight,” an app included by Apple for free on…

Evernote: Change Formatting on the iPad

I prefer to work with plain text whenever possible, and we are fortunate that Evernote on the iPad not only has this option, but two others as well: regular rich text and simplified. What distinguishes the different formats from one…

Evernote: In the Classroom

This semester at Grinnell College, I have integrated Evernote into all of my classes. In this post, I explain how I have gone about doing it. Organization for Students and Teachers First, a note about my target audience. I have…

Evernote: Using Markdown

There are many benefits to using plain text, but why would you use plain text in an app like Evernote, which has a rich text editor? Maybe you want to avoid odd quirks that you occasionally encounter in the app.…

iPad: Secure Note-Taking

Limitations built into iOS on the iPad, iPhone, or iPod make it quite difficult to move data in and out of the devices in a secure manner, because we often have to rely on a third party somewhere in the…

Evernote: Add Fonts on the Mac

On the Mac, Evernote users have a paltry list of just 11 default fonts, which include some “inspired” choices such as Comic Sans and Andale Mono, even though we have about 300 available on our computers. Fortunately, it’s easy to…

Your Backups and the Zombie Apocalypse

Are you worried about losing your data? You should be, because if your data is anything like mine, it has a nasty habit of disappearing or getting corrupted. Here are five solutions you might want to consider, beginning with a…

Evernote: Getting the Most Out of Handwriting Recognition

Evernote has collaborated with Moleskine to offer “smart” notebooks that are designed to provide the best character recognition (see this blog post for details). How do the Evernote branded Moleskines work in the real world? How can you get the…

Don’t Forget About Flashcards

There are a lot of books available that describe systems for developing a phenomenal memory — Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein is one of my favorites from the bunch. What they mostly forget about, though, is the plain old flashcard…