For my final post today, I decided to continue down the rabbit hole that Kasey Bell left on Shake Up Learning. In my previous post, I mentioned her list of apps for Chromebooks and decided that that would be a good place to continue looking for useful software that might find a home in my classroom next year. When going down the list, I saw Google Keep. The most amazing app ever! At least, one of the most amazing note-taking apps I have seen.
In this app, you can have voice to text connected with photos, to-do lists, and online bookmarks. Your notes can be linked to reminders and stored as multicolored post-its in the app, pinned to your screen or archived for later reference.
All of this sounds somewhat normal, but then it gets taken up a notch. One thing I have never seen in any other app and I believe is truly a hallmark of googles continued integration between its technologies is the ability to set a reminder, not based on time, but on location. Have a grocery list, but you’re not sure when you’ll make it to the store? You can set your note to remind you when you arrive at the store’s location. Have a question for a particular teacher? Set it to remind you when you arrive at school. This has potentially revolutionized my world. Trying to keep track of to-do lists for my masters, my teaching, my students, and my own life gets messy. I’ve tried all sorts of organizers and planners, but I’ve always felt they were somewhat imperfect. I think this will help add another layer to my organization that was missing. It can immediately pull up relevant notes and reminders when and where they are relevant.
On top of that, with it’s voice to text, drawing, and photo features I feel it enables me to take notes much faster and spend more time on doing work than fiddling with the app.
That said, for students, I think this will be helpful as well. It gives them a superb tech-based note-taking system for research, class notes, projects, and more. Teachers can create lists of learning goals and share them. Students working on projects can share notes between them. Students who miss a day at school could instantly know what’s going on with notes, audio, and photos from various classmates. Notes can also easily be copied and moved into google docs for further editing. It really is a fast and flexible app.
Below is a link to Kasey Bell‘s blog with further uses of this app and Ann Brucker’s youtube Video showing how to use it.