As a Technology Integration Coach, I peruse a good amount of edtech tools. The struggle, however, is to find tools that are pragmatic enough for actual "in the field" teachers. To me, there are three main areas of consideration:
- Is the tool device agnostic? In other words, will it work on any device that has Internet access, regardless of the device's OS? Or is it limited? (For example, an app only available on iPads.)
- How much does it cost? Free is obviously best for schools and/or individual teachers.
- How easy is it to learn? Time is precious for a classroom teacher, and a tool that requires a large investment of operational practice may be a concern.
- Is it device agnostic? Yes! You can access Evernote from any browser with an Internet connection, as well as iOS, Android, and even Windows mobile apps. It definitely earns a 4.
- How much does it cost? Technically it's free, but if you are someone that plans to use it often, you will probably want a premium account that allows you 1 GB of uploads a month (versus 100 MB) and many other useful features, such as allowing Skitch to annotate PDFs. Cost for premium is $45 annually, which would rate it a 3.
- Is it easy to use? Evernote's basic features -- making Notes or Notebooks, attaching files -- take little to no time to figure out, though you would benefit watching or reading a tutorial or two to understand other functions. Let's rate it a 3.
- Is it device agnostic? It is the very opposite. Clickers can only do one thing, and they only work inside of its own branded system (in other words, Brand X clickers won't work with Brand Y's system). (1)
- How much does it cost? Prices vary, but most run well over $120 for a class set. (1)
- Is it easy to use? I tried to use clickers once in my classroom -- just once. Even with the LMS's help, it still took most of the period to just register the devices, and there were still clickers that didn't work. It was overly complicated and a pain to set up. (1)