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One of the many advantages to a Google account is the calendar. In the calendar, the teacher can create a new calendar that can be shared and viewed online. And even inserted into the learning management system. In this movie, I will show how to use an existing calendar for a course. How to share the calendar, and finally how to insert the calendar into your wikispaces. If you're unsure how to create a calendar, I recommend that you watch the Lynda.com course Google Calendar Essential Training.
I really encourage my students to subscribe to the Google Calendar. In years of teaching and polling students, they are never far from their cell phones. Approximately 90% of the students I have polled actually sleep with their phones at arm reach. The cell phone or smartphone is thus an excellent way to keep in touch with the student. That gives them anytime, anywhere access to your course. With little fuss and no worry about logins and passwords. So in Google, I have created a calendar for the Rue Academy for the course that I'm teaching, and you're looking at it right now.
What I typically do, it's easy to set up the different dates and times. I just set them up as though they're events, but much longer events. So if I click on Design 105 for the first day of the spring semester, I click on the Edit button. And as you can see, there are a number of things I can use for a calendar system for a course that's different than the way I would set up an appointment. For the where, I always put the course's room number, and if we're going to be going on a field trip or somewhere different, then I can add that into the calendar, as well.
But in the description area, I put down what we did that day. What they need to do for the next class period, and any homework. If there's an important due date for a quiz, a test, or critique, I type it in all capital letters. That way it's easy for the student to scan to see if that day, there's an important event in the class. I keep the calendar done two weeks ahead of time, so that students can manage their time and see when assignments are due and what's coming up in the next two weeks.
I don't promise more than two weeks, because with the iPad classroom, I find that having flexibility and changing your mind an essential part of teaching. Now to share a calendar, I first save any of the new data I've put into my calendar. And when the dialogue box comes up asking should I save it only for this event or across, make sure that you save only for that event. If you shared across the calendar, you'll be giving every single day the same pieces of information. To share the calendar, simply scroll down to where your calendar is, mine is Rafael Montresso, select the triangle, and choose Calendar Settings. Scroll down to the area where it says Embed This Calendar. Select everything that is in this box that says iFrame. Make sure you get it all, and that you get all the way to the close tag. Copy this information.
Then return to your wikispace. Back in the Wikipage, I'm going to click on my calender page, and I'll select the Edit button. Make sure I have everything where I want it. It really helps to insert your (UNKNOWN) in exactly where you want to insert the calendar, so I'm going to hit the Return key twice. Then select Widget, and this is a really fun popup box that you get inside the wiki spaces. But remember we're going to focus on calendar.
There's so many things that you can use inside of your wiki space. I will select the Google calendar, and as you can see, it gives me the three steps on how to do exactly what we just did inside of Google calendar. So if you forget this, the wikispaces reminds you. I'm going all the way down to the last box, pasting that information, selecting Preview to make sure it works. Yes, that makes me feel very good.
Close the box and then remember to select Save. Now don't be worried when you see this, you're still in preview mode, you haven't saved. So you're going to select Save. And voila, you have your calendar inserted into your wiki space. What's great is I select and go back to the first day of class, the one we just edited inside of Google calendar. All of the information about the class and what they need to do for the first day is there. They can copy this to their own calendar.
They can find this calendar anytime they log into the wiki. They can also click on this button down at the bottom-right that says Google calendar, and here they can do many, many things. They can do exactly what I just did. They can click on this calendar, go to Calendar Settings. They can receive an iCalendar version of it and import it into their calendar that they keep. Or, what I tell many of the students to do if they don't feel comfortable with importing a calendar is to select the HTML button, Copy and Paste this URL into email and send themselves an email, and never delete this email for the entire semester.
Then select OK. So typically, I will send a message a week, usually on Sunday to my students. But as you can see, this really gives me a great way to keep in contact with my students and remind them what's going on. There's really no reason for excuses when you're using a Google Calendar and sharing it in your class wikispace. Congratulations with your LMS setup for posting, disseminating, calendaring, and communicating the class' setup for students to learn peer-to-peer 24 seven. And learn how to run a community and a virtual or cloud team work space. In the next chapter, see the setup for an actual syncing and charging of the iPad card administered using the Apple configurator.
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