Review of Google Keep by Thomas Stockwell, 2016 Google Keep - Quick and simple sticky notes that can be shared with others. Price: Free Users: anyone Basic information: What does the method or tool "do" in other words, what skills, practices, and/or means of collaboration are supported by this method or tool?
- Google Keep is a collaboration tool that I have likened to both Padlet and Trello with some regard. Like padlet and trello, the basic functionality can be compared to sticky notes. You are able to add notes, set colors, include links, etc. The most complicated the tool gets is the ability to add checklists and reminders on individual notes. The tool is very easy to use, has mobile applications on most mobile platforms.
- At a recent Staff Works conference UM-AA, Google Keep was shown as a project collaboration tool. A set of project notes were shared with a group, reminders were able to keep everyone on task, and all changes were live. Quick checks on a phone can assist with determining progress on a particular project. I see this project as more of a personal task manager rather than a collaboration tool used for Business. I also see this tool being useful as a quick group collaboration tool in educational settings.
- The biggest benefit to Google Keep is that it is very easy to learn and setup. Google Keep is also a tool that is currently under development. As noted at the Staff Works conference, several features were added in just the past few weeks that did not exist previously. Google Keep also provides integration with several other Google products.
- As mentioned previously, Google Keep is similar in concept to both Trello and Padlet. Functionality wise, I would say that Google Keep is very comparable to Padlet. Padlet offers a few UI improvements and customizations that Google Keep cannot offer. Google is comparable if not a bit inferior to the free version of Trello. The pay service for Trello provides functionality that Google Keep comes nowhere close to competing with.
- The goal of the course is to experiment with different online collaboration platforms. Google Keep provides components that allow for collaboration amongst groups. Several other tools in the Innovation Hub may have an upper edge with regards to online collaboration for educational and business purposes.