Google is tricky- we've all been there...you come in on Monday morning, login to your account and it suddenly looks different. It can be a little unnerving (especially when you're training)- but I like the change, it keeps me on my toes.
So, I wasn't surprised last month when Google (reasonably) quietly released Google Keep (keep.google.com). Initially, I didn't know too much about it and I waited a couple of weeks to investigate it because I didn't know if I would use it. Do I ever! It turns out that I love Keep.
I probably should have started out with "What is Google Keep?"
Google Keep manages lists, reminders, and notes for me, which I really like. I know there are other services and sites that do that too, but I already use Google a lot and it's nicely integrated right into my existing account. The top three reasons I like Keep are:
Do I wish for more from Google Keep? Of course (this wouldn't be my blog if I didn't!). Primary on my list of concerns is that there is no iOS app. You can use it in Chrome on your iPhone or iPad but it's not great. The experience on the Andriod app is pretty awesome, as is the web desktop version.
It's in both my personal accounts as well as my Apps for Education account- so this could definitely be a great tool to use with your students and integrate as part of your class. It would work well in conjunction with Calendar to keep kids organized and on track. I could also see students collaborating on a shared writing checklist, end of the day proceedure, or even steps in a science lab. I especially like the sharing aspect of Keep.
Have a Google Account? Give Keep a try!
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