Google Keep: Talking About Math: #MathSnaps

Some educators are referring to annotated digital images of student math problems as #mathsnaps. You can capture and archive student thinking within minutes! Google Keep is such an easy way to accomplish this!

Why Use Google Keep?

Student may:

  • Take a photograph
  • Add annotations to the image
  • Record their thinking
  • Receive a transcript to edit and revise
  • Share with a teacher
  • Collaborate with a colleague
  • Add links to websites or documents
  • Receive feedback
  • Insert Keep Notes into Google Docs, Drawings or Slides
  • Save in The Cloud

Video Tutorial

I used the FREE screen recorder on IOS 11 to create this short video tutorial.

In Summary

The next time you distribute student tests or quizzes, or just want a quick formative assessment, consider asking students to demonstrate their understanding and corrections by using Google Keep. It’s free. It’s easy. And, it’s fun! The more students talk about math the more they will increase their understanding and their standardized test scores! And, I know how much students care about those test scores ūüėČ


Using Google Keep to Solve Problems and Record Thinking During Math

Coaching Question: How can I integrate Google Keep into my Math Curriculum?

Math Keep

This year, educators have been raving over Google Keep in almost all areas of the curriculum. I immediately seem to gravitate towards mathematics when I think of the amazing ways we can use Google Keep in our classrooms.

Why Google Keep?

  1. Students may add a photograph from a digital or hard copy of the math problem.
  2. Students may use the drawing tool to annotate or solve the problem.
  3. Students may use the voice tool to explain their thinking, which not only records but also has the speech-text option, providing a transcript of their recording (only via mobile apps).
  4. Students may work collaboratively with a partner.
  5. Students may convert the note to a Google Doc.
  6. Students may then share their work with a teacher.
  7. Students may create a digital portfolio while creating and saving notes.

Example Math Assignment

If you distributed a paper or digital math problem to students, they could take a photograph or a screenshot of the problem. Students could then use the drawing tool to solve and annotate the math problem. This allows you to go paperless or share the assignment via any digital tool or whiteboard.


In this photograph, the student takes a picture of a problem on the computer screen or whiteboard. Then, solves the problem and annotates the image.

Students record their thinking using Voice Recorder

Students could add their thinking using the Keep mobile app voice recorder.


Mobile Devices have the Voice Recording feature.

The recording will then use the speech to text feature to provide a transcript. Students may correct and edit and errors in the transcript. Or add important details that they left out.

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Keep note now has audio and written transcript of audio.

Collaboration Tool

Students may collaborate with a partner and share their work with their teacher or group members.

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Convert to Google Doc and grab image text.

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If you click on the 3 dots, you have the option to copy the note to Google Docs or grab image text! How awesome is that?

Google Keep is really a “one stop shop” when it comes to seeing students work and understanding their thinking. I find this especially true if you are using the Keep App on mobile devices due to the Voice Recording feature.

Do you use Google Keep during Math Class? If so, how?

MashUp-Google Keep with Google Docs: Adding Standards to Your Google Doc Lesson Plans

This month, I saw an amazing idea posted on Twitter by one of my favorite edtech gurus,¬†Eric Curts. His thoughts were to use Google Keep to provide¬†students feedback within¬†Google Docs. This idea inspired me to think how I could use Google Keep to make the process of adding standards to my lesson plans less cumbersome. This mashup is such a timesaver as it’s quick, easy and shareable!

Video Tutorial

Step 1: Google Keep 

Go to Keep.Google.Com to start creating your notes. From there, copy and paste your standards. Add labels or a hashtag to each note to make them searchable. I also color code each category. 2017-03-12 19-53-46.png

Step 2: Open your lesson plan in Google Docs

Once you open up your lesson plans, select Tools then choose Keep Notepad. Your notes will appear on the side. 2017-03-12 20-07-31.png

Step 3: Search your notes by label or hashtag

Once your notes open, you want to search by label or hashtag. I prefer organizing by hashtag. As you can see from the screenshot below, I searched for my literature standards by typing in #literature in the search box. 2017-03-12 20-11-54.png

Step 4: Copy and paste your standards into your Google Doc

Once you have your standards open you can copy and paste them right into your lesson plan. It’s easy! And, don’t forget you can share your notes with colleagues by adding them as Collaborators.

Notice the label “Writing Standards” posted below.

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