Tuesday, August 18, 2015

#TechTipTuesday - Share that Google Calendar

Many of our teachers are using Google calendars this year to streamline access to homework and other important information.

Here are some quick tips that will help you get your students and parents connected to those calendars

To get your students to add your calendar to their own Google Calendar  on their Chromebook try this:

Step 1: Visit http://www.google.com/calendar/ and select the Calendar that you'd like to share with your students.
  Step 2: Click on the arrow to the right of the calendar you'd like to share and click on Calendar settings

 Step 3: Scroll down to the portion of the page that is labeled on the left as "Calendar Address" and select HTML

 Step 4: Copy the url that appears, and share that link with your students (many teachers chose to post it to their Google classrooms or right on their Edline site)
Step 5: After you have shared that link with your students, have them click it and it will navigate them to a Full page calendar view. At the bottom right hand corner of the calendar there should be a button labeled "+Google Calendar" Have them click this link and it will navigate them back to their Google Calendar page where it will invite them to add the calendar to their calendar page.

In order to allow parents to subscribe to the calendar so that they see all of the events posted right on their phone follow Steps 1 and 2 and then in Step 3 choose the iCal link (located next to the HTML link). Then share this link via QR code in your class or email a link directly to it. Let parents know that they should click the link while they are on their phone to get the calendar to show up right on their phone.

Please note before sharing these calendars you will need to set the calendar's shared setting to public.

You can do this by clicking on the drop down arrow next to the calendar you'd like to share and click on "Share this calendar"

Inside the Share settings check mark the box next to "Make this calendar public"

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