Curation Work Flow
Curation Series: Part 6 Google Keep
Do you work with multiple devices and operating systems? Me too.
That’s part of the reason I access different tools for similar tasks. My MacBook is too old to use anymore, so I depend on my Chromebook for traveling– that little device is very powerful for being a browser-based operating system. And it’s why I use Chrome on my iMac — so my workflow to save ideas/websites from iMac to iPad/iPhone to Chromebook is pretty seamless using Google Apps. I seldom use Chrome on my iPad / iPhone and do use Safari there — but I can send articles on the web in Safari to Apple Notes, Evernote, or Google Keep.
What is Google Keep?
Google Keep? What is Google Keep? It’s pretty close to Evernote: it saves annotated notes for notes, websites, links, images, audio recordings, scanned documents– pretty much anything so you can save your sources and notes for later. Although it does not have notebooks like Evernote, it does use labels, and the search, like in Evernote, is fantastic — searching in scanned text as well as your written notes for any search terms you enter in the search bar.
Google Keep saves your choice of information through your browser:
- at its dashboard site keep.google.com as part of Google Suite,
- as an extension of the Chrome browser,
- and on any device [iOS, Android].
Below is a note in Google Keep [and yes, you can edit images, as the note says, in Google Keep].
I took a screenshot of the note and created the annotated image in Apple Preview to explain the parts of a Google Keep Note:
Google Keep is super powerful, although I still use Evernote because I’ve used it for so long; I love having both tags and notebooks to organize. With Google Keep, labels sort the notes as well as the powerful search of Google.
How do I curate with Google Keep?
I use Google Keep to annotate articles and websites I save for my research.
Richard Byrne of FreeTech4Teachers shows how to not only save a website to Google Keep, but also shows how to add a reminder to the note:
I can search labels or key words to find the note I need. I’m still learning the possible options available with Google Keep, but I plan to use it more by learning from the help site:
Other Elements of Google Keep
Google Keep can extend the curation process I’ve been using because it is now integrated into Google Suite. That means that Google Keep can be accessed within Google Docs to drag from a note or to save to a note, as in this gif from the Google Blog.
Google Keep has many tips and tricks; I learned a lot from Clint Stephens in his presentation video [17 minutes], including hashtags as a shortcut for labeling.
Google Keep Resources
So curation with Google Keep for me has been to save and annotate research from the web. But it is so much more. Here are resources:
- Getting Started with Google Keep
- 8 Tips for Google Keep
- Ditch That Textbook: 10 Ways Keep Can Streamline Life at School
- Ditch That Textbook: 7 Ninja Google Keep Tricks
- Richard Byrne: Progress Tracking / Goals
- EdTechTeam: a neat process for documenting student work: Using G Suite for Education to Capture the Whole Learner
- Richard Byrne: Practical EdTech Tip of the Week: Using Google Keep within Google Docs
- EdTechTeam: Google Keep: Quick Student Feedback on Google Docs and Slides
- Eric Curts: Control Alt Achieve: Using Google Keep for Grading Comments
- Kasey Bell: Shake Up Learning — Google Keep Cheat Sheet
- My resource list in Evernote [copied from my OneTab research list and appended in Evernote]
I have much to learn about Google Keep that will add to my curation by integrating with Google Docs and my writing.
What is your favorite feature of Google Keep?
What strategy helps you organize in Google Keep?
Which curation tool best fits your process?
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Doodle art, keep annotation gif, screenshots by Sheri
Keep/Doc gif by Google from the blog
Thanks to all those who so generously share how to apply the tools so we all can learn and adapt these to our situations as we engage teachers and students in authentic and pedagogically sound integration of digital tools: