With all of the holidays at this time of year, one thing that many people need is a way to take notes and make lists. While paper is reliable, it’s easy to forget and not all that easy to share unless all the involved parties are in the same room. So, in the spirit of not giving you too much extra to do at this time of the year, yet also showing you something that you might fine immediately useful, I present to you Google Keep.
At its most basic level, you can think of Google Keep as online sticky notes. To create a new note just log in (via a Google account,) click Add Note, and start typing. Once you’ve created your note you can give it a title at the top and change various options such as color and images via the icons at the bottom of each note.
Google Keep in a desktop browser
A note can be free text, or you can turn on the check boxes. For example, if you’re creating a grocery list and you use the check boxes, when you click a check box, the content of that item will be struck out; crossing a completed item off your list.
An open note in Google Keep
You can easily use Google Keep on a desktop or laptop computer or via an App available in the Google Play Store. (Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be an iOS app, but you should be able to use the Web version via Safari without any problems.)
The Google Keep app
Lastly, and this was a much needed improvement that was added very recently, each note also has a share icon through which you can share notes with another Keep user. So, if you need to collaborate on a note or list, this will allow you to do just that.
When you’re done with a note, you can archive it for later retrieval, or trash it completely.
I’ll admit that there are a few other features that I’ve not mentioned but I’ll leave you to discover those on your own.
- Log in to Google Keep and create some notes.
- Check out the different features like changing colors, adding images, and check boxes. (See if you can find the features I didn’t mention.)
- Share a note with me. Send the invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Write a blog post about your experience. Embed your final product into your post or include links to anything you’ve created. Some things to think about:
- What tools did you use? How did they work?
- How might you use these tools in your library?