Google Keep

Application: Google Keep

Part of the our Google Drive suite, Google Keep is an online sticky note and to-do list tool.  Share lists, notes, and get work done.  You can record audio notes, draw quick doodles with a touch-capable device, and make picture notes with a camera.  You can also color-code your post-its, or pin priority notes to the top of the screen.

Core features include the ability to make multiple notes and share those notes / to-do lists with others.  This is a great way to stay on task.  You can even drag Google Keep lists into Google Docs.  I recommend students use Keep when tackling larger projects, especially group projects.

Where do I get it?

Google Keep is accessible via any browser at  – Use your account.  Keep has apps for Chromebooks, Android, and iOS to make sure your notes and lists follow you wherever you go.

How are teachers and students using it?

Inspired by this recent NPR Hidden Brain segment, I started exploring more about the power of checklists, one of the features of Keep.  Not only can you use Keep as a sticky note / list tool, but you can turn it into a checklist, available from any platform or device, and can it can be shared.  Showing students the checklist function as a way to break down complex tasks and tackle them one at a time can have a big impact on how much is accomplished by your more reluctant learners.  This simple tool is showing up in surprising places, such as in hospitals to reduce infection and mortality rates, and air travel to reduce crashes.  Using this tool can also have tremendous benefit to keeping student group projects on task.

ISTE Connections

4. Innovative Designer – Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.

B. select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.

7. Global Collaborator – Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.

B. use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
C. contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.

Triple-E Rubric

As always, take the time to evaluate your use of the tool in the context of your lesson to determine if this is a good use of technology integration and/or one that can be improved.