How I Use It
Google Keep is a great tool for research. The different attributes of this tool make it perfect for the job of introducing research to students. The visual look of the notes on Google Keep helps to remind students to keep their notes short and to the point and writing in phrases. Students can keep organized by using colors and labels to group notes together. They are also able to view only the notes they want to view so they can evaluate the information they have and see what information they still need. The new Google Keep Chrome extension makes it even easier for students to remember what website they got their information from, as it keeps the user on the website and opens up a note for them to use. In addition it puts a URL link from the website on the note so the user can go back at any time. The notes can be downloaded to a google doc so students don’t have to retype the information and can use what they have to get started.
I have taught research to students both in a library classroom as well as in individual subject classrooms for over 13 years. This is one of the best tools I have found to introduce students to the concept of research, organization and note taking. It is simple and easy to use and doesn’t require any special knowledge. The tool is available anywhere there is an internet connection (so no more leaving notes at home or at school.) Conducting research projects has never been easier for me, even in the inclusion room the students were able to use Google Keep to take notes on their specific Greek God and turn their information into sentences to be put on a poster. Using Google Keep made it easy for them, and they were able to concentrate on the skill of collecting information, not having to write it down and worry about where it is. This is definitely the way to go with beginners!