When Google Keep became a core app in the GSuite I decided to explore it some more and discover some uses for the classroom.
Essentially, Keep is a virtual notepad, or sticky notes. It is a small little tool but quite powerful if you roll it into your GSuite workflow.
Here are 9 things I like:
- Take a picture and save to Keep. This is easy access for board notes you have written and might want to come back to at another time.
- The Google Keep Chrome extension! You know those times you see something on the interwebs and you want to explore it and don't have time or want to come back to it later? That's where the extension comes in. Click the icon, type a title and some text and the link is automatically inserted.
- Mobile voice notes. This is only available on mobile devices but it is great. You can record voice notes that can then be imported into other GSuite apps like Slides and Docs - really great for giving feedback!
- Notes can be drawings. You don't only need to types notes. You can draw something (think small sketchnotes!) and then write notes underneath.
- Archive notes for future use. I recently co-organized an EdTech camp. We made all of our to do lists on Keep and then archived them when things were done. Now we can pull them up next year when we do the camp again.
- As a former English teacher I found I often gave the same feedback again and again. You can make notes of your common feedback comments and then use the Keep notepad in Slides and Docs so import them into student work.
- Colour code! Keep offers a variety of colours (some new ones were just added a little while ago) for your notes. I find this really helpful for visual cues. I encourage students to keep notes for different units or subjects in different colours. There are also labels to help with this.
- Although it can be glitchy, there is also a "Grab image text” option. In this case you can import a picture and when you grab the image text it will convert the text into editable text in your note. Very cool.
- Reminders - for those of use with memory challenges! Keep offers location based reminders (remind me when I arrive at school) and time based reminders (remind me at the 1pm - the beginning of period 3) which is very handy. That said, I would love if a list could have multiple time based reminders. (Hear that Google?!)
A lot of this I learned playing, but a lot I learned from Matt Miller, Kasey Bell, Alice Keeler and Eric Curts's blogs - thanks EduHeroes!