Google Keep for Teachers and Students
Type of technology: Web Tool or iPad App
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: 7
Subject area: Social Studies
I’ll be honest. I’ve always loved sticky notes. I have about fifteen different-colored note pads in my classroom right now awaiting use. In the past, these notes found their place in the empty space of my laptop’s keyboard containing reminders, important names and/or phone numbers. I’ve also been known to use them to communicate with students. I began to wean myself off of heavy-use of sticky notes with the dawn of web or app-based reminders/notes. Then I discovered Google Keep.
For teachers who welcome the move to digital, Keep can be seamless with many more possibilities than that brilliantly-hued sticky little square or flower. With Keep, teachers can create a note with an image or by typing or writing it in (iPad and mobile app). Teachers can also categorize each note or create a checklist.
If you want to turn those notes into reminders, Keep’s feature allows for date/time or location-based reminders. How cool is that? You can even share the reminder with other people! This would also be a great tool for our students at one-to-one schools. Students could create one note for each class period and add assignment reminders daily.
One way I’ve used Keep in the classroom is to save my most-commonly used comments to insert into student Docs. My students do a significant amount of work on Docs and I regularly add comments to their work. Talk about a time-saver! Keep allows me to shave time off of commenting by adding saved comments to the Doc directly from Keep instead of typing each comment. I also recently learned about something called DocStickers. These are whimsical comments on “stickers” that you can save to Keep and then add to students’ digital work. (Thank you, Stephanie Filardo at Tech Talk blog.)
I currently have Keep on my phone and my MacBook. I find myself using it more and more, instead of other reminder apps. I look forward to introducing Keep to my students as a possible homework agenda replacement. Needless to say, my discovery of Keep won’t prevent me from purchasing sticky notes but it will modify how I use them in the future.