Tip of the Week: Google Keep comes to iOS
I know that many of you already ask students to organize evidence and information for a variety of reasons – lecture capture, short-term and long-term research, group work, basic data collection, primary / secondary source analysis. We want kids to analyze evidence, validate resources, search effectively, and appropriately cite their data. And for, well . . . forever, paper and pencil was basically the only option for this sort of thing.
Nothing terribly wrong with paper and pencil but that medium is tough to edit, update, and share. So a lot of us and our students are taking our stuff to a variety of online tools. In the last year or so, a new option has become available.
Keep notes are accessible everywhere, they’re sharable with others, sharable to Google Docs, can be set up as reminders based on time and/or location, and there are a variety of note types you can create including lists and voice files. You really need to throw Google Keep into your mix of tools. Especially if your school is one that uses a lot of Google tools already or is using Chromebooks.
Think Evernote with Google built right in. But up until this week, Google Keep was available only on Android devices. The cool thing is that starting a few days ago, Google Keep is part of the Apple App Store. Exactly. Now everyone can get in on the goodness that is the Google.
Like most of Google’s tools, Keep is pretty much drop dead simple to use with icons and buttons tailored to look the same as other tools such as Mail. But Keep is more than just notes. With its built-in ability to share – much like Google Drive Docs, Slides, and Sheets, Keep seems like a perfect way to connect with your students and their content. And just as easy for your students to share their stuff with one another.
You get the added benefit of ELA literacy standards integration and alignment to the C4 Framework.
Take notes using text, photos, or your voice, and add multi-purpose checklists. And with Keep’s OCR feature, you and students can take pictures of text and book pages, upload them to your Keep account, and use the Grab Image text option to insert that text into notes. You can also add hyperlinks to online resources and video clips. Use the checkbox option to guide students through a specific process.
Use Keep to create reminders based on your notes. Perfect for sharing assignments with students that have due dates. You and students can also create a location based reminder – put a home location and kids are reminder to do their homework.
Drag & drop your notes and lists to rearrange them, and archive them when you no longer need them. The interface is clean and color coded so kids can make red notes for social studies, green for ELA, and yellow for science.
Send notes to your contacts and collaborate in real time. Or use the feature to encourage student groups to share information between group members.
Browse and search notes easily – you can use widgets and extensions to view on your other devices. A cool trick – remember the cool OCR option? You can quickly search your notes with attached pictures using keywords embedded in the image so nothing ever gets lost.