Using your phone to remember new students

This past week during the twitter chat, there was a lot of talk about apps and two of the biggest, we discovered, among Youth Pastors were Evernote and Dropbox. Evernote appears to be evolving into a company that has a reportoire of apps in its pocket, announcing two new ones just this week.

The one that I am intrigued by the most is Hello. I say Intrigued because tt just came out on Tuesday and I haven’t had the chance to really use it yet, but I think it could be great for Youth Pastors.

Hello is an app that, essentially, serves one purpose, and that purpose is helping you remember who you have met. So in Youth Ministry, it would look like this; New Student comes to Youth Group, I go over to talk to them and meet them, and hand them my phone. They put in their name, snap a picture of themselves, and then enter their email/twitter/phone number, and done.

It’s super simple, and I think I love that about it. It’s not meant as a database of information, but is meant mainly to help us remember people. From the Evernote Blog:

Evernote Hello is based around the three fundamental ways that our brains actually remember people:

  • Faces: What do you look like?
  • Time: When did we meet?
  • Context: Why did we meet and who else was there?
The best part, for me, is that you can also record multiple encounters. Your able to say “Met this person this day” and then “took them out to coffee this day” and on and on and on. This is something I have been dreaming of in an app for Youth Ministry so I can keep track, for myself, of how much I am interacting with students. I can enter in all of the students in our groups and see their faces and quickly remember and study names of new kids, but I can also click on a name and see “I haven’t seen them at Youth Group in 2 weeks, and I have never seen them outside of Youth Group.” I love it.
For more on the App, Check out the Evernote Blog.
To Download the app, visit the iTunes store .

6 Comments

  1. I'm starting at a new church in a few weeks, so I downloaded this app to my iPod.  My wife is laughing at me for running around taking pictures, but I don't want to be the pastor who can't remember anyone's name.  We had a pastor at a church who used a Polaroid, then memorized the pictures while working out at the gym.  Same principle, just a bit more high-tech.
  2. I'm starting at a new church in a few weeks, so I downloaded this app to my iPod.  My wife is laughing at me for running around taking pictures, but I don't want to be the pastor who can't remember anyone's name.  We had a pastor at a church who used a Polaroid, then memorized the pictures while working out at the gym.  Same principle, just a bit more high-tech.

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