Thanks Matt for including me in this collaboration. I've been blessed to be connected with you and the entire #DitchBook PLN community on Twitter.
- Using Google Docs, create a template that will serve as your daily agenda to be shared with students. Use tables, colors, and images to help organize your subjects or class periods.
- Place your Google Doc agenda in the “About” section of Google Classroom to be viewed by your students.
- When students open the Doc, they need to click the Drive icon and Save it to their own Drive.
Click HERE for step-by-step screenshot directions!
- In Google Keep (keep.google.com) a new note needs to be made for each student. This note will be shared with you and your student so it doesn’t matter if you create it or the student creates their own.
- Give the note an appropriate title. For me I just did something simple like “Johnny’s To-Do List”, but you may want to have something more specific especially if you have multiple subject or class periods.
- Enable the checkbox feature for the newly created note.
- Once created, share the note with your student or if the student created it, have them share it with you.
- After sharing the note, an email notification will be sent or if you go directly to Google Keep you'll see the note on the home screen.
- It saves time! No more wasting class having students write down notes for their own agenda. It’s already done and everyone can view it.
- Everything in one place and accessible anytime, anywhere. By having students add the Agenda Doc to their Drive it will automatically sync for offline viewing. Also, Google Keep does the same thing! So this way whether or not students have internet access outside of school, they will be able to view the agenda and check off or add items to the To-Do list.
- It's Interactive! For me, there is something satisfying about being able to check off something on my to-do list and see it become crossed out. Students will get a thrill out of it too!
- Student Accountability. Your students' To-Do list is shared with you so you can help keep student accountable in real time and this also means you can add to the list or mark things off. This could be really helpful for when students are absent!
- Share with parents! Change the share setting of your Agenda Doc to “anyone w/ link can view” and give it to your parents in a shortened URL or a QR code. Also, not only can the note on Google Keep be shared between you and your students, but it can also be shared with a parent that has a Google account. Another option would be to just notify and instruct parents how to access these two things on the student’s device.
- It teaches 21st century skills. Ok, let’s be honest. How many of you still use some sort of physical planner book, whether for personal or work use? Probably not many. If you are like me, my school uses Google Calendar and my personal schedule is on my smart phone. This way of scheduling and organization is not going away, so what better way to prepare students for their future than to have them start using these type of tools now!
- Get organized. Some of the features of Google Keep that can be more beneficial to both teachers and students are: being able to color code your notes, add a label (which I liken to a hashtag) to help with sorting, set reminders, or with the checkbox option selected in the note, reorder the to-do list to reflect order of importance by just a quick click and drag.
- Go Mobile. Like almost every other application in the digital world, there is an app for Google Keep for all popular platforms. Go to www.google.com/keep to find out more.