The Google Calendar portion of your Google Apps account is a great tool that you can use to keep parents informed of what’s happening and when. Parents and students can subscribe to the calendar using their own Google accounts and even have the dates feed into their smartphones if they so wish. You also have the added bonus of being able to embed a Google Calendar into your class blog. The next few blog posts will introduce you more to Google Calendar and the things you can do with them.
Let’s start with the basics. My friend, Richard Byrne, made several great videos about this tool. Here’s one dealing with creating new calendars (because you can make more than one in your account) and using the Share feature to allow others to collaborate on it with you. Think team teachers needing to add/edit due dates or coach/assistant coach needing to add/delete/change game or practice times.