They are ‘up front’ in these documents with how they deal with their clientele, and provide updates to their legal documents. There were aspects that I can understand are necessary, such as the right to have a limit to the storage available, the number of transmissions and email messages, and that they can suspend access to or close an account with or without notice, including accounts that have not been used for an extended period of time. They don’t indicate what an extended period of time is, though. Children under 13 years (in the United States) can use Evernote (though the service isn’t directed to children), with guidance, supervision and consent of parents. In addition, it states:
“If you are outside of the United States, please ensure that you are complying with any laws applicable to you before submitting any child’s personal information or permitting any child to submit personal information to us. If a school outside the United States wants to enable its students to use Evernote for Schools, Evernote will work with such schools on a case by case basis to ensure compliance with any applicable laws regarding the collection of information from minors.”
The law that applies to an individuals’ use of Evernote, states that “If you reside outside of the United States, Canada, and Brasil, these Terms and the relationship between you and Evernote (including any dispute) shall be governed in all respects by the laws of Switzerland and shall be considered to have been made and accepted in Switzerland, without regard to conflict of law provisions.”
Hence, children and adults in Australia, using Evernote are subject to the laws of Switzerland.
An individuals’ use of Evernote is determined by the following condition:
“By using the Service, you represent and warrant that you are not located in any such country (U.S. embargoed countries ) or on any such list (U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Department of Commerce Denied Person’s List or Entity List.), and shall not use the Service in any such country.”
It would be useful if the Terms of Service listed these embargoed countries.
I have Evernote on my PC as well as Evernote web. On the Evernote web site under Support – knowledge base, and under the article ‘Backing up and restoring Evernote data under windows’ it states that there are two copies of my information, one which resides on my Windows PC and one on the Evernote server, but I can also back up this information by exporting all of my notes into an Evernote archive (.enex) file. This is done by right clicking “all notebooks” and choosing “export notes”. right-clicking “All Notebooks” and choosing “Export Notes”. This will prompt you for the directory where you’d like to keep the resulting .enex file.right-clicking “All Notebooks” and choosing “Export Notes”. You are then prompted as to where you would like the .enex file to reside. This process was easy, but windows didn’t recognise the .enex file, so I would need to download software to complete the process.
Content on Evernote can be deleted at any time, and you can stop using Evernote at any time you choose. Deactivating an account is located under account summary. Prior to deactivating an account, notes and notebooks can be deleted and the account synced so that all information is removed. This process seems relatively clear and simple.
Perhaps it would be prudent to investigate the laws of Switzerland before recommending this product. Evernote should include a hyperlink to the relevant Swiss laws in their Terms of Service, making it easier for all clientele to have all relevant information.
You can use Scoop.it like a search engine without logging in. To be able to curate content though, a login is needed, with the following details, name, email and password. There are various types of accounts, free, or the premium accounts pro, business and edu (which allows for 20 curated topics, each with 30 co-curators).
Like Evernote, the Terms of Service and Privacy policies are lengthy legal documents. Scoop.it actually states some of the U.S. embargoed counties – Cuba, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Iran, and Syria, or “any other country to which the U.S. has embargoed goods or which is subject to other applicable U.S. trade sanctions”.
Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to use the site. “YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 13 YEARS OF AGE TO (a) USE THE WEBSITES OR THE SERVICES, (b) USE ANYTHING ACCESSIBLE OR AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITES OR THROUGH THIRD PARTY PLATFORMS, (c) CREATE AN ACCOUNT, OR (d) TRANSMIT/SUBMIT/POST ANY SUBMISSION, ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION OR ANYTHING TO ANY FORUM OR ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE WEBSITES.” Teenagers, 13-18 years must have parental/guardian consent to register with the website and/or services. And the parents/guardians must “AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THESE TERMS IN RESPECT OF SUCH TEENAGER’S USE OF THE WEBSITES, THE SERVICES AND/OR ANYTHING ACCESSIBLE OR AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE WEBSITES OR THIRD PARTY PLATFORMS”.
Scoop.it can be used as part of my PLN, by choosing to follow certain people/educators. Its main purpose though, is as a topic curating tool on areas of specific interest. Teachers and Teacher Librarians can create learning resources or curate topics relevant to student assessment tasks, or curate and share educational topics amongst themselves. Curating involves critical thinking – synthesising and evaluating, and as Nancy White (2013) says of content curation, “publishing the curated resources, you add value to the collection as a whole by allowing others to share in that knowledge, comment on it, add to it, and participate in the learning that it generates”…. It’s great for teachers to curate learning resources for students, but isn’t it the students that we want to do this deeper thinking and reach these enduring understandings? So wouldn’t it be more powerful for students to be the curators? The act of true content curation allows students to construct knowledge”.
Design and Technology students could use Scoop.it to identify design experts in their particular field of study, architecture, product design, furniture, or fashion and connect with them to build a PLN, as well as having these experts act as mentors to the students with their design projects. Students could use Scoop.it to curate across number of curriculum areas. In PDHPE it could be used in the ‘healthy food habits’ unit. Using Scoop.it as a way of sharing information with others fits into the transformation stage of the SAMR model, where the learning task has been modified.
Scoop.it can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TumblR, WordPress, Google+, Pintrest, and Stumble Upon. It can’t be embedded in WordPress though. Here is the link to my Scoop.it topic, ‘Education hot spots,’ a work in progress. I plan to use Sccop.it to create learning resources for a number of research tasks, and embed them in subject guides on our Library website.
White, N 2012, ‘Understanding content curation’, blog post, 7 July, accessed 20 April 2013, <http://d20innovation.d20blogs.org/2012/07/07/understanding-content-curation/>.