Google Keep is an easy way to take quick notes, create to-do lists, or save important information. You can describe Google Keep as “digital post it notes.” Google Keep is great for teachers and students to capture quick thoughts and to collaborate. One trick I use a lot is using the web version with the mobile version at the same time. Taking a picture with my phone in Google Keep quickly gets the image onto my computer.
1)Filter by Color
When creating a note you have the option to color code the note. Students can color code their notes based on the type of activity they are doing. Quick note, todo list, importance, etc..
2) Share Audio Feedback
In the mobile app there is the option to record a note. While reviewing student work or just needing to provide some advice or support to a student, use Google Keep to record the student an audio message. In addition to the audio recording, a transcript is automatically created. The student can read or listen to your note. Tip to color code the feedback notes.
Share the Note
After creating the audio note, click on the share icon in the note to add the students email address to the note. The student will be able to find the feedback easily in their Google Keep.
3) Take Offline Notes
While Google Keep only works online at keep.google.com, the Google Keep mobile app works great online or off. When I am in a situation where I do not have WiFi, Google Keep allows me to jot down notes, ideas or start on a project.
4) Label Notes
5) Send to Google Doc
Google Keep is a great place to start brainstorming and collaborating. Share a Google Keep note and plan out what needs to be done for a particular project or activity. Students can take notes quickly when the teacher says “real quick everyone…” Google Keep is perfect for those quick notes that do not require setting up a whole Google Doc.
Sometimes what you start in Google Keep needs to be expanded beyond a short note. Send your note to Google Docs to formalize and expand. Click on the 3 dots icon in the note to choose “Copy to Google Doc.” A new Google Doc will be created in your Google Drive and the content is copied to the document.
Students using Google Keep can use it to take notes and observations during an activity. After the activity, students send the note to Google Docs and make a formal lab report out of their notes. In Google Classroom, students click on “Add” and search their Google Drive to add their work for submission.
6) Create a Drawing
The mobile app allows you to sketch a drawing in a Google Keep note. What is fun is to see your drawing you made on your mobile device show up right away in the web version on your laptop.
These drawings can be shared or copied to a Google Doc. Sketch out a math diagram in Google Keep. Make a few comment notes about the diagram and use the “Copy to Google Doc” feature to create a document that contain your drawing.