Technology Integration Newsletter- November 1, 2015
Not sure of where to start in learning about Google?
Working with Outlook Calendar and Google Calendar
Across the district, we have teachers and staff members who are utilizing either Outlook or Google for their calendar and scheduling needs. Both calendars can be very useful in maintaining an organized schedule and for keeping track of meetings and obligations. One big question that people have about the Gmail migration is in reference to calendars.
When the migration occurs over Spring Break, your Outlook calendar events will be migrated into Google Calendar. If you would like to bring your Outlook Calendar into Google Calendar before the migration, there are a few simple steps you can take to do it.
How to Sync Google and Outlook Calendars
One way begin making the transition from Outlook to Google is to make an appointment appear in both Google and Outlook calendars simultaneously. You can do this by inviting yourself to events by entering your other email address. You basically create a meeting with yourself.
- In Google Calendar you would invite yourself by adding your Outlook email address ending in hutch.k12.mn.us.
- In Outlook, you would invite your Google email address ending in isd423.org.
Outlook adds a calendar invitation from Google as an unconfirmed event. You can leave it like this or click the Accept button in the email to confirm it. Outlook.com does not automatically add invitations to the calendar and you have to click Accept in the email.
You can manually accept emailed invitations sent from Outlook/Outlook.com to Google Calendar in Gmail, but there is a better way.
- Click the gear button in Google Calendar and selecting Settings.
- On the General tab is an option to automatically add invitations to your calendar.
Export Your Outlook Calendar to use in Google Calendar
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Step 1: You will first need to export your Outlook calendar. Go to “File”, and choose “Open & Export.”
Newsela for Current Events and Literacy
Once you create a free account, you can create classes. When you find an article you like, you can assign it to a class and it will be pushed out to students.
The PRO account comes with several nice features, however it is costly at $18 per student per year. There are many ways you can utilize the free version in your classroom and gain a similar effect.
- Push the article to students to read, and ask that they open a Google Document to respond to a writing prompt. They can share this document with you for review either through Google Classroom, or using the blue "Share" button.
- If you want to utilize the Quiz feature, you can have students take the 4-question quiz to check for understanding, and raise their hand for you to record the score when they are finished. You could also pull open the quiz on your teacher computer and go through the questions with your class once everyone is finished.
This training site contains several smaller 10-minute trainings on Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Chrome and other apps like Slides, Sheets and Forms. Use the self-paced trainings to become proficient, or plan to attend trainings in person.
This Week In The Classroom
A Student-Centered Approach to Learning
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Interested in integrating technology but are unsure of what to tackle first? I'd love to come and chat! We can go over your objectives for the lesson or goals for students, and I can help make a technology recommendation.
Past Editions of TEACHnology Today:
September 24, 2015: Google Calendar Added to Google Classroom—How to Share Yours, Google Chrome Extensions Explained, 4 Great Chrome Extensions—Share to Classroom, Synergyse, Read&Write, and Fluency Tutor
October 19, 2015: Intro to Quia for Assessment and Review Games, Digital Citizenship Week Educator Guide, Gmail Migration Training Materials, Google Apps for Education for Elementary Students, and This Week in the Classroom with Nesha Withers and Rochelle Drahos
November 1, 2015: Getting Started with Google, Working With Google and Outlook Calendars, Using Newsela for Current Events and Literacy, and This Week in the Classroom with Krista Picha