Keeping a teacher web page up-to-date is never as quick a process as one might like. Assignments and announcements are multiple, and multiply with each different class a person teaches. How to keep track of it all?
For more and more teachers in Parkway, the solution has become embedding a Google Calendar on each course web page. Though it takes a bit of set-up on the front end, Google Calendar allows you to update all your courses from one user-friendly website, without logging in to your web page builder at all. As an added plus, a Google Calendar allows students and parents to receive updates and changes in their own online calendars or on their phones.
Most calendars will look similar to the one below:
The following resources will help you set up your own Google Calendar account and embed course-specific calendars into your teacher webpage. If you need any additional help, please feel free to contact your TIS.
1) A quick video on setting up a Google Account (if you don’t already have a Gmail address). I’d encourage you to set up an account connected to your Parkway e-mail (*****@parkwayschools.net). This will help distinguish your professional calendar from a personal one. It will also reap additional benefits if and when you begin to use other Google applications (such as Google Docs)
2) Using Google Calendar. You can find step-by-step instructions in Google’s Help area. In my experience, most teachers add events in the “Month” view, accessible in a tab in the upper right side of Google Calendar.
3) Connecting calendars to your web pages.
Two resources for you here: a video and a step-by-step handout. Click below to access each one.
And the handout:
Updating a website takes some time. Using Google Calendar can help trim some of those minutes so you can think about other things – like your students.