Google Keep for Instruction
Google Keep has some powerful features that prove to make it a useful tool in any educators arsenal. In these lessons, we will explore the use of Keep to deliver instructional content. Keep is powerful enough for teachers to develop organize and develop lesson materials.
Google Keep is one of those applications few people use for anything other than taking notes and creating reminders. It is one of those wonderful hidden secrets. Keep has recently received some updates. These updates make Keep more than just a note-taking application. In these lessons, we will take a look at using Keep as an instructional tool for teachers.
We’ll begin by adding the Google Keep extension. The extension adds a way for us to push content to the Keep app from most websites. We will learn how this extension provides some very powerful ways for us to collect and organize information.
Keep on Mobile Devices
Google Keep is available as a mobile app for most mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. The mobile app has some advantages over the browser. One of these includes the option to take pictures and use them in Keep. The web app does not currently use your computer’s webcam to take pictures. This decision makes sense because most people don’t use their laptops to take snapshots.
The mobile app has the option to record audio into a note. The audio is recorded into the note and transcription is generated. This has several advantages for both teachers and students.
Keep integrates with other apps on mobile devices. This means we have the option to transfer images, text and other media to and from Google Keep. This includes integration with Google Classroom.
The draw feature in Keep works very well on tablets with the use of a stylus. The draw tool is very useful. We will spend some time learning how to integrate this into classroom lessons.
The Keep app uses our Google account to sync notes across devices. We can take an image with our phone and then be able to view that same image on our desktop or laptop. The sync process is almost instantaneous.
Google Keep is a note-taking application at its core. It is designed to facilitate the process of creating new notes. To create a new note we click once in the Take a note field and begin typing.
Not everything is a note. Some are lists. It could be a list of ideas. A brainstorming session in an outline. A list of to-do items. A list of groceries or classroom supplies.
Notes with Images
There are two ways to include images into notes. In one option we upload an image from our computer. The mobile app version accesses images from our device if we grant it permission. Another option is exclusive to the mobile device app. This option allows us to take a picture using the device’s camera. The snapshot is added to a note.
Illustrate Concepts with Drawings
I have teachers that want an easy way to share their notes and examples with students. These notes and examples are often part of the daily lesson and instruction. Drawings in Keep, like image annotations, provides a way for teachers to quickly create and deliver important instructional content.
Teachers like using Drawings in Keep because it affords them the option to provide information and instructions without turning their backs to students. They also like it because they have the option to walk around the classroom and annotate using tablets. Teachers use wireless display adapters like Chrome Cast, Apple TV, or Microsoft Wireless Display adapters.