Over the years, several of the TeachingAndLearningToolbox blogs have highlighted some great Google tools for use in the classroom or to improve productivity. Google Keep is another wonderful tool you can add to your Google Suite toolbox.
Google Keep is a free, simple and effective productivity and collaboration tool for both students and instructors. If you want to be more organized, productive and collaborative, Google Keep captures your notes and ideas, provides a collaborative sharing resource and offers a great To Do List feature.
Google Keep is available for your computer on the web or as a download through the Android or iOS mobile store apps. Google Keep also integrates with Google Docs [January 2016, Google Drive Blog, now Google Docs], which is helpful when collaborating. Additionally, if you download the Google Keep Chrome Extension on your computer, you can save webpages, images, quotes, URLs, text, and your notes with a single click.
Google Keep is visually appealing. It uses a sticky note, color coding format for listing projects, notes and activities. The sticky note feature also lets you pin your most important tasks at the top of your screen or device, so they are not overlooked. Google Keep’s note feature allows you to include text, lists, images, and audio. Voice recordings are automatically transcribed to text, which meets ADA compliance requirements, and text notes can be easily converted to checklists.
Need to pick something up for class? Add a location-based reminder to your To Do List activity. This feature sends a message to your mobile device when you are in the location area, saving time and consolidating trips.
Google Keep is similar to Evernote [March 2106, Evernote Blog], although not as robust. Google Keep allows you to collaborate and share notes with others, which makes it a great tool for students to use for group projects. It is easy to share, simply add individuals as collaborators. Google Keep allows group members to see changes happen in real time, which makes it easy for everyone to track completed and outstanding project tasks. Google Keep also allows notes with images to be annotated, which is another great feature. Evernote is still probably the best option if you want to organize your notes in files and notebooks, attach external files, or utilize work chat, but for Google Suite users, Google Keep may be just the tool you and your students need.
To review some of the other great Google Suite tools we have previously shared, click on the following links:
Google Slides Q&A (April 2018) https://teachingandlearningtoolbox.wordpress.com/2018/04/30/engaging-students-with-google-slides-qa/
Google Hangouts (May 2016) https://teachingandlearningtoolbox.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/google-hangouts/
Google Forms (April 2016) https://teachingandlearningtoolbox.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/google-forms/
To learn more about getting started with Google Keep, visit https://www.google.com/keep/.
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