These are the sites that attendees shared at EdubloggerCon ISTE 2011. Each participant had two minutes to share the tool. I have to admit, many of these tools were new to me, so I am looking forward to jumping in.
During the first of four days of Google sessions at Google Days in Minot, ND this week, the Gmail team announced a new feature in Google Calendar. This new feature would allow people to view available time slots that you have set up on your calendar. They are able to select that time slot and it will be both reserved on their calendar for you and will conveniently appear on your own Google Calendar as well.
It was finally on Thursday, during the 3-hour working session at the end of the day that I finally got a chance to sit down with some of the attendees and work with this new feature. Using Appointment Slots was relatively easy. The directions at http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?answer=190998 took us through the steps to develop the schedules for each of the labs.
We used Appointment Slots at #gdminot to set up Calendars for teachers to sign up for the different computer labs in the building. So, we actually needed to make a unique calendar for each of the labs, yet we wanted to have all the calendars showing together when we embedded it on the Google Site. The issue that we ran into was that Google Sites wouldn’t allow us to embed multiple calendars.
How to embed multiple Google Calendars:
Click to the right of your calendar, click the drop down menu and click calendar settings
Click the link for Customize the color, size and other options
scroll down to the bottom of the page and on the left select all the calendars you want to include
Scroll back up and click the update HTML button
Cope the code to your clipboard
Open your Google Site and go to the page you want to embed the calendar on.
Click the Insert menu and scroll down to More Gadgets
Click on the Featured gadgets and select the “Embed Gadget”
Click the “select” button
Paste the HTML code in the blank box
Change your width to 800
Change the height to 600
Click the checkbox that will include the scrollbar
Save your page to view changes.
I know this seems like a few too many steps, but it was worth it to see all the calendars in one place. Give it a try!
I was honored to be asked to speak at the inaugural Emerging Learning Design conference on June 3. When I first spoke with AJ Kelton about it, we decided together that speaking about how middle and high school students are using social networks in their classrooms would be a suitable topic. The assumption was that current college students most likely viewed social networks, like Facebook, differently than those having used these types of sites since adolescence. The plan was to present Harnessing Social Networks in Your Classrooms.
There were some additional resources that the folks that attended the session and I spoke about:
I really enjoyed the conversation that proceeded my presentation. The attendees spoke about honest concerns like friending students, time spent on computers and filtering. I wish we had more than the 55 minutes allotted, but there were so many other wonderful presentations to attend and only so much time to go around.
The following is a list of reading incentive programs for students. My daughters partcipated in these last summer and earned free books, prizes and even cash. Please share this list with other educators and parents and encourage children to continue reading over the summer break.
This summer BOOK IT invites kids across the country to participate in the Summer Break Reading Challenge Sweepstakes. From June 15 – August 15, kids who were in grades k-6 during the 2010-2011 school year and who meet the challenge of reading five books, will be eligible for a chance to win a prize package.