Before I when I told my students to take notes, several things happened...(1) I don't have any paper and/or pencil, (2) what do I need to copy, (3) they don't copy, and when they return the next day (4) I can't find my notes.
With the wonderful opportunity of Evernote, my students are motivated and engaged in taking notes. They can no longer give any excuses about taking note or having notes!
How to start:
We have a class set of iPads in our classroom, but students can use their smartphone or computer lab to use Evernote. Students create a free account, and that is it.
How it works in math?
In our class I teach the concept, students record an audio of my lesson, take pictures of the problems I model, and include their additional notes. After every step, I pause to allow my students to take pictures and record step by step. (This is so helpful for students in math!) At the end of each part of the lesson (I teach in chunks), I have a Pause Break for 1 minute to allow students to write additonal notes or get with a partner to make sure they have everything.
My first time allowing students to use Evernote to take notes was such an awesome experience. They were not bored, nodding their heads, or anything...they were engaged! Students can use Evernote anywere they have access to the internet or thier smartphone.
If you haven't tried it yet, I think you should check it out! Students Tested, Teacher Approved!