Just recently Google added one of my favorite tools, Google Keep, to its already impressive list of core apps for education. You can now navigate to Google Keep from any of your GSuite apps by clicking on the waffle in the top right hand corner of the screen and finding Keep under the More option. By adding this app to the core services in GSuite, Google has just made sure that this app is COPPA and FERPA compliant, which is especially exciting for our students not yet in high school. (For more information regarding the GSuite core apps and additional services, check out Google’s web page explaining the apps and the privacy/data used for these different apps; G Suite for Education Core and Additional services.)
Taking notes, creating reminders, compiling lists and having them all integrate smoothly within the other Google Apps that I use daily has always been a wish of mine. I’ve used other web services and apps before including Evernote, SimpleNote and even ToDoIst, but something was always missing. It is like the first time I tried tasks within Gmail and realized that I could easily minimize the window and forget all about them. This wasn’t going to work for me. I needed a tool that would nag me if I didn’t get the task done, or remind me when I was getting close to the deadline. Something that should have pushed me to keep blogging over the past few years.
Not only does Google Keep integrate fully into Google Docs, and Google Calendars if you set a date/time reminder, but I can also capture notes directly from the web using the Google Keep extension for Chrome. Even more mind blowing, is the ability to set a reminder based upon your geolocation. Yup, that’s right! Big Brother Google is always watching you. Don’t worry though, in this case it is using your data for good as you are safe in a core app. I can now create a Grocery List in Google Keep and set a reminder to remind me via a phone notification when I get close to the grocery store’s location. What?!? This is the ultimate workflow app for me. It’s like a personal assistant in my pocket and on all of my devices; laptop, chromebook and phone.
I used to tell my audience at presentations I have given that Google Keep was one of the best little known secrets of GSuite. My hope now is that this becomes an app that all educators and students know about and learn to love and use every day. The secret is officially out. Google Keep is here to stay!