Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Twelve Tech Tools of December: Google Keep

During the weekdays of December, we're sharing one tool per day as part of our Twelve Tools of December series.  Some of these tools are designed to be used instructionally, some can help you be more productive, and some are just fun.

Today, we're sharing about Google Keep.

What is it?

Google Keep is a website ( that helps you quickly capture notes, lists, and voice memos (with speech-to-text capabilities) to help you organize your thoughts. You can add photos to your notes as well. These notes can then be color-coded and shared with others. A new feature allows users to add color-coded categories. Notes and lists can then be filtered by those categories, like research, to-do lists, blog post ideas, etc. Android users can also download the Google Keep app in the Google Play Store. There is not an iOS app for Google Keep at this time. 

Why would I use it?  What does it do?

This tool is great for teachers and students. Teachers can keep to-do lists and share them with teammates. Students can use them for note taking for research projects, keeping track of homework, and to organize collaborative projects with other students. The ideas are endless! 

Are there similar tools? 
There are other note taking apps/websites out there, like Evernote and OneNote, but Google Keep is completely free, faster for taking notes, and the voice memos are better than those in Evernote and OneNote. In addition, Google Keep will save your notes into Google Drive, and you can log into Keep with your active directory username and password, making it seamless with other tools we use in Cherry Creek. 

Where can I learn more?

Here's is Google's promotional video for Keep: 

Here's a blog post about Google Keep:

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