New Google Calendar Tops the Cake!

As an Educator using a shared Google Calendar may be an efficient “Timesaver” to use in collaboration with colleagues and students. My reasoning is due to every-time the calendar is updated it appears instantly in realtime on a colleagues or students shared calendar. This means nobodies email box has to be inundated with emails & attachments. All worksheets may be attached in a calendar event along with other classroom information. The list feature in the new calendar event editor allows one to organize a “To Do” or “Event List” filled with classroom information.

As an extra bonus a single event may be shared with absent students. If the teacher doesn’t want to share the original event it is easy to duplicate an event to share. The teacher may send a notification email when a new event is shared with a student. This will alert the student there is new event to add to their default calendar. These are just some “Small Possibilities” of how the New Calendar may help both teachers and students save a bit of time within a busy productive day!

How to Add an Event

Typing an Event List

  • Click Event Edit Pencil
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  • Select Ordered List or Unnumbered List
  • Type in Add Description Area

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NOTE: You may Add a Title to the list by bolding first line of text before the list.

Adding Attachments to an Event

 

  • Click Event Edit Pencil
  •  Click Paper Clip (Located Above Add Description Area)
  • Choose between:
    • Google Drive
    • Upload
    • Previously Select
  • Click Drop Down Arrow (Located to Right of Search Window “Omnibox”)
    • Select File Type
    • Type File Name
    • Click Search Icon
    • Select File
    • Click Select Button
    • Click Save Button

Send an Event Notification

  • Click Event Edit Pencil
  • Add a Guest
    • Start Typing a Name or Email Address in
    • Select Name from Drop Down List
  • Click Save Button
  • Pop-out Window Opens
    • Click Send

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Why I’m Passionate about Using Tech…

Ability

Technology devices can be seen everywhere these days. People of all ages are using digital devices for both learning and entertainment. What I like most about using technology supports is the magic it may unfold for those with both learning and physical disabilities.  Many moons ago it was this very reason I fell in love with using technology. I had this dream of unlocking doors for students who were challenged by fitting into inclusion classrooms.  When looking at a whole classroom community one should not be able to distinguish the challenged student from their peers. This is where technology may be used to assist with supporting student’s independents during certain classroom activities.

Present day schools have a tendency to integrate 1to1 devices. This doesn’t necessarily mean one device per student all day to take home at the end of the day. However what it does is provides the opportunity to use a digital device throughout the day during certain activities. Thanks to this students with disabilities are able to interact with classmates without an adult hovering at their side. Independents maybe one of the best esteem builders for some challenged students.  Due to my position as a teaching assistant one of the most common statements students have made over the years is, “I can do this by myself.” Students often state this because they feel uncomfortable and zeroed out by their peers for having an adult assist them all the time.

Digital devices may unlock a student’s freedom by reading or writing for them. There are applications such as Google Calendar, and Keep which may be used to support student organization. These tools may also be used as a way to quietly communicate with a student. This is due to the sharing ability of calendars and Keep Notes. It allows an adult to indiscreetly edit the information a student types in. These tools also allow teachers and support staff to provide interactive links, videos, visuals, audios and etc… to help the students with learning the information presented in the classroom. I view using technology as a tool to bolstering a students esteem by helping them to independently interact within a classroom community. What better tool to use then one which empowers students to independently participate within a classroom community.

Google Doc’s Speech to Text My Hero!

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I’m falling in love with the Speech to Text Tool built right into a Google Doc and Slide. It makes life a bit easier when I need to lay down and decompress due to spine issues. I can still be productive by typing using my voice! This is a lifesaver!

I have used a handful of speech to text tools and have found this one to be fairly accurate. Best part is I don’t have to train the tool to accurately type what is being spoken. There is a small list of voice commands I recommend learning to create the best appearing text layout. You can learn more about Google Docs voice commands from the following Google Docs Editor Help Center Resources: Type with Your Voice.

Using Emoticons w/Drive Folders & Files

Quite by accident I discovered it is possible to add emoticons as  a visual support for Google Drive Folders and Files. Over the past year I shared a post about adding visuals to Google Calendar Event Titles by copying pasting emoticons from the following Twitter Symbols Website: https://www.piliapp.com/twitter-symbols/. These same emoticons will work as part of a Google Drive Folder or File Name. This may make it easier for a young child or student of exceptionality to independently navigate both folders and files.

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Adding Emoticons to Files or Folders

  1. Go to https://www.piliapp.com/twitter-symbols/
    • Copy Emoticon
  2. Create a New File or Folder
  3. Paste Emoticon in the “Title Section”

 

Create Illustrated Stories w/Google Slides

Students can now easily smash together drawing and writing talents within a Google Slide. Google recently added access to Google Keep from within a slide.  This allows students and teachers to drag drawings, lists and notes onto a Google Slides’ canvas. Over the last couple years I’ve heard both students and teachers requesting the need for a whiteboard feature built-in to Google Slides. Now thanks to Google Keep’s drawing capabilities this is possible to do!

The whiteboard built into Google Keep will allow the user to draw illustrations, graphs, write math equations and etc.. with ease. This provides another method for students to use for explaining content knowledge by using visual creation.