The Wondrous Google Keep

For my final post today, I decided to continue down the rabbit hole that  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 ‘s blog with further uses of this app and Ann Brucker’s youtube Video showing how to use it.

Shake Up Learning – 15 Ways Students Use Google Keep

 

About Jennifer Cox

A life time Oregonian, I've traveled and taught ESL courses in China the past five years and have recently returned to teach at Myrtle Creek Elementary this past Fall and begin the road towards earning my master's here at Pacific. Currently, I'm teaching in the Kindergarten classroom but will be taking on a new role as a 5th-grade teacher this coming Fall. I'm excited to get kids working on building their collaboration and leadership skills, growth mindset, and working on projects that they can publish (hopefully both electronically and physically within the school). It will be a fun challenge, as my teaching partner and I will be the beginning of a new team at MCE for 5th. The possibilities have me enthused for the new year. As an educator, my greatest goal is to inspire a desire to learn and try to understand, not just academics, but each other and themselves. A part of that is my hope that students take away more than just content knowledge but an understanding of how to learn, how to use the tools they have been given, and what some of the possibilities might be. I desire to see students leave my classroom with the tools and mindset needed to be successful in whatever their personal goals might be. In the process, I hope to connect students to the micro and macro environments of which they are apart. Helping them see where they might fit in the broader environs and communities of their city, state, nation, and world. Prior to teaching, I've had a background in linguistics, with a bit of a history with cake decorating, computer science, and a touch of archaeology. Each topic has its own story and several more behind it. I expect that as a teacher, and a student, my hunger for knowledge will not be quenched any time soon. As we start this journey in the world where tech and education meet, I hope those of you following along will find useful tips, resources, and stories that will help both students and teachers alike.
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