Commonplacing in the 21st Century

In the early 17th century, commonplacing (keeping scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas) was a recognized practice. It was even formally taught to college students in a wide variety of institutions, including Oxford. Famous writers including John Locke, Francis Bacon, and John Milton were educated in the technique and “commonplacing” persisted as a popular study technique until the early 20th century. The modern equivalent of Commonplacing is Evernote. In this session, we are going to take a look at how Evernote can help both you and students learn.

If you haven’t tried Evernote for note taking and storing ideas, you might want to give it a shot. It is an amazingly powerful tool suite.  

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