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A free summer seminar for experienced high school journalism advisers

From the 23 teachers who attended this workshop in July 2019, we have included Solutions Journalism Story Ideas, other Story Ideas for a whole range of topics and Tech Examples of something they learned, many of these for data visualization, plus some resources anyone can use in the future for these topics.

My “Techie” Post / Google Keep in the Yearbook Classroom

Google Keep

When I first heard of Google Keep, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to even know what it was. There are so many EdTech tools out there that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I used this tutorial from Hello Teacher Lady to see how I could make it work for me. 

While I’m not going to teach you how to use Google Keep (the video does that, and I don’t think I could do it any better), I am going to show you how I plan on using it in my yearbook class this year. 

Last year, I made my students weekly to-do lists in Google Docs. They were actually the ones who came up with this idea, and it was way easier to keep them on task during class time. It was posted on Google Classroom, and I only I could check off their tasks and only I could add things. This was a good way of keeping track of what they’d done, but sometimes I’d forget which things they’d completed and ask them a million times if they had something done because I hadn’t checked it off. It’s hard to be an adviser sometimes. 

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Anyways, after being introduced to Google Keep this year, I decided I would use that for my students’ to-do lists. First, I created a new “note” for each student on my staff. This is where you can start your process to create a note.

It’s important to “pin” each note to create this grid-like appearance so this is what I see each time I log in to Google Keep.

 

Here you can see that I’ve created a note for each staffer. Here I’ve color-coded them by grade level, but I also created various labels to be able to group students. 

You can see that I’ve created labels for each grade as well, but also for the returning staff members and the brand new staff members. From adding those labels, my notes now look like this.

So, now I can go through and first add each student as a collaborator to this list. 

This way, Aidan (who gave me permission to share his list and name), can add and check off things on his to-do list once we start adding things. Here I’ve created a checkbox heading for events, one of which is August 1st which needs a student photographer. As you can see below, I can drag the items on my list or use the shortcut to indent and categorize his list. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I’m doing to be doing this year is adding things every Monday to the students’ to-do lists and checking in with each of them on Friday to discuss what they did that week, what they still need to be kept on the to-do list, and what we both think need to be added. 

I am really excited about using this during the upcoming school year to help my students be more productive and stay on task. I’ve also seen other teachers having students use Google Keep for annotations, and there are tons of uses that I’m sure I haven’t come across yet. Check in with me in a few months to see how my experiment is paying off. How are you using Google Keep, personally or professionally? 

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One Comment

  1. This is really helpful as I try to get better organized for the school year now. Thanks.