Evernote Peek and StudyBlue – Manual Flashcards on the iPad

Two days ago, I read about the new Evernote Peek app for iPad on every major tech blog. It is the first application to see the smart cover for iPad as an integral part of the device and not only an accessory and therefore using it as part of the core functionality of the application.

According to the Evernote blog, the idea for the app was born during a flight when Andrew Sinkov and Phil Libin played around with the just released iPad 2 and its “magical” smart cover.

As we sat there opening and closing the cover, a question struck us: could we use the cover to control an app that would make Evernote even more useful?

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What most blogs didn’t mention though is that Evernote launched the app together with StudyBlue as content provider as both startups partnered in May already.

So, I invited Becky Splitt, CEO of StudyBlue and she was so nice and agreed to do a quick interview with me on that occasion.

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She points out that the team at StudyBlue definitely sees great potential in iPads as the future learning device and that it would only be a matter of months until we’ll see a much wider adoption, also in the classroom.

Although StudyBlue haven’t yet developed an iPad native application themselves to complete their own offer, often described as the backpack for studying on the Internet, the Evernote partnership is a great opportunity for them to learn about the use of iPads and to gain data.

The Evernote Peek app is free to download and it just looks and feels great. It also hit the #1 spot on the iTunes App Store in the free education apps section yesterday.

As I mentioned in the interview, right after it I went out and bought a smart cover for my iPad. I did not have much time to play around with it yet but on the other hand it’s pretty straight forward. You download the app, login with your Evernote account and you are ready to go. There are a couple of sets to start with provided by Evernote and StudyBlue.

And finally, below you can watch a short StudyBlue video that shows the syncing process and how the majority of their users are using the integration at that time.

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Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at KirstenWinkler.com.