Making Home-School Connection w/Google Calendar

Thanks once more to a teacher in the help forums who asked the following question: “How do I create a Google Calendar to share with parents via email?” Creating a Google calendar shared with parents is a very easy way to keep them updated about classroom events and homework. Using a Google Calendar in this way may eliminate some of the email flow into a teacher’s school inbox. One of the beauties of a Google Calendar is updates are shared with everyone immediately. All the parent or guardian has to do is check their Google Calendar on a regular basis to stay updated with classroom assignments and activities.

How to Create a Google Calendar

  • Type Calendar Name
  • Type Calendar Description
  • Add Parent’s Email Addresses

  • Click Create Calendar Button

NOTE: The new calendar is found under my calendars

new calenar



Google Blogger in Classroom: Let Me Count the Ways…

Blogger is one of the overlooked features within the Google APP for Education (GAfE)  Accounts. I found when mentioning GAfE to other educators they immediately associate the account with Google Drive, GMAIL, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Forms and Sheets. However there are many more components then these. Today I’m going to focus on one of the overlooked and hardly mentioned components. This is using Google Blogger to create blogs.

Did you say how can creating a blog make a difference in education? Well let me count the ways….

Integrating Google Blogger for the Classroom

  1. Create a Classroom Newsletter to share with parents
    • Include the students as creators in this activity
    • Great school to home connection
  2. Host a student help blog for different content areas
    • Students can create tutorials to share math tips & tricks
    • Embed screencasts instead of writing
  3. Make a classroom gallery to showcase student projects!
    • Another great way to make a school to home connection!!!
    • Have students upload the images or videos
    • Let students be responsible for answering questions
      • That is pertaining to their own project
      • Make the blog active as possible
  4. Do you students research famous people, inventors or ?
    • Let them use a blog for their presentation
    • Students transform into the biographical character
    • Student introduces them self as the character
    • Other students ask questions
      • Student answer questions based on their research
    • Blog can remain private
      • Students can use their school logon
      • Restrict blog invites to classroom community
  5. Replace a teachers website with a blog
    • Easy to maintain
    • All posts are archived in date order
    • Embed worksheets
    • Add a calendar
    • Insert video
  6. Students can use a blog as a virtual binder
    • Provides organization

These are just a few ideas for getting started using blogger in the classroom!

Can You Think of More Ways for Using Blogger???



Integrate Google Hangouts… Let Me Count the Ways!

  1. Making Home School  Connections
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
    • Tutoring Student
    • Support for Long Term Absences
  2. In-Class Possibilities
    • Authentic Connection Opportunities
      • Interviewing Authors
      • Guest speakers
      • Collaborating with Other Classrooms
        • Within District
        • Outside of District
          • Local
          • Distance
            • Other States
            • Different Country
    • Student Partners as Readers
    • Teacher Guests
      • Readers
      • Show & Tell
    • Book Clubs
    • Study Groups
    • Research Groups
  3. Please add an idea in the comment section to help this list grow!


I’m not the most organized person and this lead me to explore a variety of GAfE (Google APPS for Education) features to overcome my organizational problems. Recently I discovered the Task List built into both GMAIL and Google Calendar.  Task Lists are simply To-Do Lists which can be found in a separate pane inside of both Google Calendar and GMAIL.  Tasks Lists are easy to use and access as both a To-Do List or Organization List.


  • Click the mail dropdown arrow to open the menu
  • Scroll down to tasks and click
  • A Task List Pane will Open in the Lower Righthand Corner

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  • Under Create
  • Scroll down to My Calendars
  • Click on the Task Calendar
    • Make sure the color shows in the square

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  1. Daily Homework List
    • Checking off HW once completed
    • Checks will cross the HW off the list
  2. Group Projects
    • Listing directions steps
    • List of their Project Role
      • Examples
        • What they need to do
          • Research
          • Design poster
          • and etc…
        • Bring materials in?
  3. Create a class schedule list
    • Supports student who need structure
  4. Reminders
    • Example: 
      • Take out Agenda
      • Write down HW
      • Put Agenda in Mission Control
    • Behavioral support reminders
      • Look
      • Listen
      • Quietly