Keeping Students Informed

We all know the feeling. The students show up to class, you tell them to put away everything but a pencil because it’s test time, and they groan and announce they knew nothing about the test. Right.

Your students have Google accounts. Why not add those major events to your Google Calendar and “invite” the students. This gives you two more points of documentation of the event: it sends them an email telling them it’s been added, and it adds it to their school Google Calendar. Add to the fact it’s probably on your blog in lesson plans and has been announced repeatedly in class, and you’ve covered more ground than anyone would expect.

If you create Groups in your mail Contact list ahead of time (learn how HERE), this process is made even more simple than it already is. You’d just type the name of the Group and the entire list is populated automatically.

Let the Google Gooru walk you through how easy it is to keep your students informed of major events using Google Calendar.

Common Planning Time Assistance

There always seems to be the need to meet with your team, and you end up standing in the hall between classes trying to find who is available when. Well, let Google Calendar do the work for you with the Find Available Time option. If your team keeps their calendars up to date, this will save you loads of time. Let the Google Gooru walk you through the steps.

Creating Appointment Slots on Your Google Calendar

This is a great, short tutorial from the Google Gooru on creating appointment time slots on your Google Calendar. Keep in mind, you have to be in either Week or Day view so you can select the time slots you want in order for Appointments option to be available. Also, Those picking slots have to have Google accounts themselves since it will automatically collect their name for you.

This would be excellent for any number of classroom or school based functions:

  • reserving a time slot for writer’s conference with teacher
  • reserving device cart
  • reserving computer lab
  • reserving ThinkLab (our innovative learning space)
  • tutoring or extra help
  • PBL presentation sign-up
  • and more!

History in Video

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Looking for some historical media to make a lesson pop? Or maybe you’re trying to find the right piece to begin that Socratic conversation with your students? Regardless, PBS comes through for you. Check out Newseum Digital Classroom where PBS has compiled a large collection of videos with summaries, essential questions, and links to continue further inquiry work on the subject. Great stuff. Don’t miss out.

Follow Educators on Twitter by Subject Area

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At the beginning of the school year, I did several sessions in-district on using Twitter as a 24/7, self-directed professional development tool. What I failed to do was publish the link to a great resource that lists Twitter users by the subject area they teach. Thanks to a blog post from Alice Keeler, there’s now a pretty comprehensive list of educators you can follow. Try some out and see what gems you find. Be sure to add yourself to the list, too.