Today I introduced students to a new tool they can use in Chrome or with Google. Google Keep is Google’s answer to helping people organize their life. Google Keep allows users to create an organization board. Students can use this tool to help organize homework, projects, and things they have to do. Subjects can be color coded. Students can make check lists and check off items they have completed. It is a great thing for students to use when planning for their Young Inventor’s Fair! Like all the Google tools we have used thus far, you can share notes with other users. Students could share their assignments with you so you can help support their learning at home! I showed students how to use this wonderful tool and had them practice using it in Chrome. There is also an app version for devices.
According to google, Google Keep is great to: “quickly capture what's on your mind and share those thoughts with friends and family, speak a voice memo on the go and have it automatically transcribed, or grab a photo of a poster, receipt or document and easily organize or find it later in search.”
I love this productivity tool for students! I think it would be a great alternative to an agenda book as they get older. Google Keep will also come in handy when students have lengthier assignments. They can break their work down into manageable pieces using the list item in Google Keep. Checking items off that they complete will keep them on track. There is also a reminder option you can set to help alert you to when things are coming up! Google Keep can also be used to take or draw notes to help students remember information from class that they can access at home. They can sort and organize the notes they took or create reminders too! You can add labels to better sort your notes! The labels are very similar to using a hashtag. Notes can then be sent to Google Docs. If you use the mobile version there is also a drawing option! Students can draw concepts out to help them with future assignments!
The possibilities of using Google Keep in the classroom are endless!
• Try Google Keep on the web at http://keep.google.com
and on your Android phone by downloading the app at http://g.co/keep
Some links to support you at home with using Google Keep: