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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

13 Amazing Reasons Students Should Use Google Keep

Helping students find the best method for recording assignments and organizing their packed schedules can be a game changing strategy that can boost grades and confidence. Over the years, I have tested out many apps as well as printed and digital calendars.  Most recently, I have been evaluating Google Keep, and I’m really excited about this option that communicates across platforms.

What is Google Keep? Google Keep is a web-based application that allows you to create, access and share notes, lists, and reminders on many devices.  In addition, it offers many cool features such as images, voice notes, drawings, reminders, color coding and more!  It’s an attractive interface that resembles customizable sticky notes. It also easily integrates with Google's other applications! keep.google.com

On What Devices Can I Access Google Keep?
Here is a list of devices that can use Google Keep. Below you will find live links to download pages:

What Are My Seven Favorite Features of Google Keep?
  1. Easy Interface: Google Keep offers readable icons and a simple, visually appealing platform.
  2. Note Taking Tool: Google Keep allows users to type notes or use speech to text (on some devices) and save them for later.
  3. Checklists: Google Keep enables you to create a quick checklist with archivable checkboxes that can be dragged into any order. When you complete a task just select the box, and it gets marked completed and sent to the bottom of the list. The best part is you can create reminders by time or place. The place feature is amazing. If you tag the reminder to a specific location, when one of your devices is near that locale, you will receive a reminder.  
  4. Online Bookmarking: The Google Keep Chrome extension allows students to quickly bookmark websites and record addresses. This can be a marvelous way to assist students with research projects! Furthermore, it places an online link on the note for future reference. To top it off, this information can then be downloaded to a Google doc.
  5. Voice Notes (on some devices): Google Keep allows users to select the microphone and record audio notes. Google Keep will transcribe your voice into text in the note, and it will also provide the audio clip.
  6. Organizing and Color Coding: Google Keep will help you stay organized by labeling or color coding all your notes. With the filtering option, you can easily find content by color or label!
  7. Pictures: Google Keep allows you to add pictures to your notes from your camera, photos, desktop or websites!
  8. Labels:  Google Keep enables users to label to categorize notes.
  9. Drawing: Google Keep allows you to sketch with a pen, marker, or highlighter and add them to a note. You can even draw on top of an image.  
  10. Share and Collaborate: Google Keep enables you to share your notes and lists with other individuals or groups.
  11. Pin Note: Google Keep allows you to quickly “pin” a note to save it to the top of your notes page.
  12. Search Notes: Google Keep enables you to search and filter your notes. In the search box type a keyword, phrase, label, or a collaborator’s name. You can also filter by color, reminders, lists, images, voice recordings, label categories, or things.
  13. Google Docs Integration:  Google Keep integrates with Google docs!  By clicking on “Copy to Google Drive” you can move information into a new Google Document. You can even pull Google Keep notes into a Google Document by selecting Tools in the menu and selecting Keep Notepad.

If you have any thoughts about Google Keep, please share them below this blogpost. If you want to learn about all the tools I use in my practice, consider taking my learning specialist courses.
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/, www.goodsensorylearning.com, www.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  

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