Sunday, December 3, 2017

Zoho Notebook - Your Evernote and Google Keep Alternative

Zoho Notebook is the alternative to Evernote and Google Keep that I mentioned in last week's edition of Practical Ed Tech Live. Zoho Notebook is a free and advertising-free tool for taking notes in typed, drawn, and spoken form.

Zoho Notebook is available to use on Android, iOS, and Mac OS. There is a Zoho Notebook web clipper to use in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. Everything that you save in Zoho Notebook will sync across all of the devices on which you use it. There is not a limit to the number of devices on which you can use Zoho Notebook.

One of the first things that you will notice about Zoho Notebook is its clean design. All of your notes can be organized into notebooks with customized covers. Your notes can be typed, drawn, or spoken. The first minute of spoken notes is automatically transcribed to make them easier to later search for in your notebooks. Pictures and task lists can also be added to your notebooks.

Zoho Notebook's web clipper is the tool to use to save links in your notebooks. The web clipper lets you save links, take screenshots, and write notes. There is also a "clean view" option in the Zoho Notebook web clipper that removes sidebar content from articles that you find and read on the web.

Applications for Education
Zoho Notebook could be a great tool for students who have been frustrated by the limitations on Evernote's free plans. It's also a good option for students who want a bit more in their digital notebooks than what Google Keep provides. I found it easy to quickly create drawn notes in Zoho Notebook. That quick drawing capability could make Zoho Notebook a great option for students to use to take notes in math, science, or any other subject where typing isn't always the most efficient way to record notes.