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Calendar Integration with Google Classroom

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It is finally here! Google Calendar has been integrated with Google Classroom.

Two Big Advantages:

Students are able to see all of their assignments for all of their classes in one view right in Google Classroom
Teachers are able to embed the calendar on their Teacher Website for parents without having to post content in both places. HUGE time saver!

Hiding Morning and Night Times in Google Calendar

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The default to Google Calendar is for the entire day (24 hours) to show. There is a way however to set a particular range of time - times that you work or times that make most sense to you. You must enable a Google Calendar lab called Hide Morning and Night. The following screencast will walk you through the steps.


Customize Your Feedback in Google Docs

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Earlier this year, I provided a blog post on how you can create shortcuts in Google Documents so that you are not wasting time when providing valuable feedback to your students. To read this previous post, click HERE.

Last week, Mr. Geddes, came to Kerri Lunn and I asking how he can mimic a way of providing feedback he has done in the past by hand. He wanted a way to provide a check mark, like he would have with his pen as a means of agreeing with the statement the student shared. At first, we did not think it was possible until we looked further.

This is what we came up with:

STEP 1:
Find a check and an x that you will want to use to insert in a Google Document. To do this, open up a blank Google Document. Then choose Special Characters - found under the Insert Menu.

STEP 2:
Use the draw symbol box on the right hand side to find what you are looking for. You will notice that we drew in a check mark. Then, choose the green check mark so that it can be seen easily in a student's pap…

How Technology Can Be Used During Open House

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Lots of us have open house coming up in the very near future. Why not have technology help you with the process...below are some ideas.

Going to be Absent to Your Own Class?
Whether you are a teacher who cannot attend Open House yourself OR you want to be able to reach all of your parents (even those that could not attend), why not create a quick screencast of your presentation? Making screencasts are very easy to do now. You could record yourself talking through the presentation OR you could just turn on your webcam and talk to the computer.

If this is the route that you want to go, I would recommend using the Chrome Extension Screencastify. Below are instructions on how to use the tool if you have never used it before.



Worried about privacy and YouTube? No worries, just save your screencast to your Google Drive account with 'anyone with the link' sharing permission. When it is time to share, provide a link or QR code on your door if you are going to be absent. You can also em…