Showing posts with label Calendars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Calendars. Show all posts

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Calendars, Schedules, and Favicons - Three Easy Classroom Blog Enhancements

Writing yesterday's post about blogging permission slips inspired me to look back through my YouTube channel and find some blogging tutorials I've made over the years. A few that jumped out as being as relevant today as the day that I made them are this one about embedding calendars, this one about scheduling blog posts, and a couple about customizing a blog's favicon. 

Embedding Calendars

Adding a calendar page or a calendar into the sidebar of a blog is a good way to help students and their parents about upcoming due dates and events in your classroom or school. Blogger and Edublogs make it easy to include Google Calendar in your classroom blog. This video shows you how to do that. 

Scheduling Blog Posts
One of the best ways to get students and parents into the habit of reading your classroom blog is to post on a consistent schedule. Using the scheduling tools in Blogger and Edublogs enable you to write a batch of blog posts at once and then schedule them to appear over time. (I do this quite a bit here on Free Technology for Teachers). Here's a tutorial on how to do that. 

Custom Favicons
A favicon is the little icon that appears in a browser tab when you're visiting a website. If you use Blogger, WordPress, or Edublogs your favicon will default to that brand. You can change the favicon to make your blog stand-out in a sea of open browser tabs. This video shows you how to change it in Blogger and this one shows you how to change it in Edublogs

Monday, February 29, 2016

Two Last Minute Lessons on Leap Year

Today is February 29th. My friend Rod's son is turning sixteen or four depending upon how you look at it. Why? Because there won't be another February 29 for four years. If you have students wondering why February 29th occurs only once every four years, share the following short videos.

The first video addresses the history and evolution of calendars. The second video deals purely with the mathematics of leap year.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Leap Year Explained

2016 is a leap year which means that February will have 29 days this year. You may have students wondering why there is an extra day added to the calendar this year. You may also find yourself explaining, as I did one year, that leap year doesn't mean they go to school for an extra day. Should you find yourself in that position, the following two videos could be helpful to you. The first video addresses the history and evolution of calendars. The second video deals purely with the mathematics of leap year.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Seven Free Online Tools for Scheduling Appointments

If you have ever had to organize volunteers for an event, set appointments for parent-teacher conferences, or tried to organize a potluck, you know that it can become a communication mess. Fortunately, there are some good tools to help you out the next time you find yourself trying to organize appointments.

Doodle is a free tool for scheduling group meetings with the input of all group members. Doodle is essentially a polling platform. To use Doodle you create a meeting title, select a series of dates and times for a possible meeting, then invite people to choose the dates and times that work best for them. As the administrator of a scheduling poll you can set the final meeting time based on the most commonly selected date and time.

Calendly is a tool that integrates with your Google Calendar and makes it easy to create appointment slots with just a click or two. More importantly, people who want to schedule an appointment with you just have to click a time on your calendar and enter their names in order to reserve an appointment. Visitors do not have to have a Google Account to view or enter information into an appointment slot. Visitors who make appointments with you through Calendly can sync the appointment to their own Google Calendars, iCal, or Outlook calendars.

SignUp Genius is a free and easy way to create and organize online sign-up forms for all kinds of group activities. SignUp Genius creates a simple webpage on which people can sign-up for activities that you've specified. You can make your sign-up sheet public or private. Once you've created your sign-up list visitors to your list can sign-up for the activities you've specified. You can monitor the sign-up list as it is filled and visitors can quickly see which slots are already taken. SignUp Genius provides a myriad of themes and styles for your sign-up sheets.

Volunteer Spot is a free scheduling service that teachers, coaches, and others and use to coordinate volunteers. Volunteer Spot gives you the ability to post calendars and sign-up sheets online. When potential volunteers visitor your calendar they can see the days and times at which volunteers are needed. When the quota for volunteers for a particular time or day is reached, Volunteer Spot won't allow any more sign-ups.

YouCanBook.Me is a free scheduling tool that integrates with your Google Calendar. YouCanBook.Me allows people to book fixed blocks of time in your calendar. You specify the length of each block of time and the dates and times you are available. Visitors to your calendar click a block and enter their email addresses to reserve a block of your time. When a block of time is reserved you receive an email alert.

SignApp Now is a very simple tool for creating online sign-up forms. To use it all you need to do is enter a title and description of your event, set a sign-up deadline, enter a contact email address, and press "create." SignApp Now creates a unique url that you can then share with others that may be interested in signing-up for your event. Creating a sign-up form with SignApp Now is much faster and easier than trying to create a spreadsheet or other sign-up form. One catch with SignApp Now is that you  have to pay $1 to download your sign-up sheets. You can view them for free.

Wiggio is a collaboration tool designed to make scheduling group meetings easier. Wiggio is also intended to be used as a resource for group planning of projects. Some of the excellent features of Wiggio include a group calendar, a mass messaging system that works with cell phones and email, and a group polling system. For groups that are working on projects together Wiggio offers a shared folder for files and links. Watch the video below for an overview of Wiggio.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Free Printable Calendars

I keep all of my important appointments in a Google Calendar. I also write some of them on paper too just to have a visual reminder when I sit at my desk. If you use a similar system, you might be interested in these free printable calendars. From the website you can print calendars for any month of the year in 2012, 2013, 2014 and beyond. Just select the month and year then click print.

Applications for Education
If you need some paper calendars to distribute to students or if you just want a calendar for your desk, these calendars are for you. In an effort to recycle, I printed one for December on the back of some scrap paper.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Video - What Is a Leap Year?

Earlier this month I posted some resources for teaching about the history calendars and leap years. That post was reTweeted quite a bit yesterday. Thank you to everyone that reTweeted it. This morning through History for Music Lovers I found another video that does a good job of explaining what a leap year is. The video is embedded below.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The History of Calendars, Leap Year, and Daylight Savings

This year the child of one of my good friends will be celebrating his birthday on his actual birthday for only the third time. Why is this? He was born on February 29, of course.

Why is George Washington's birthday recorded as both February 11, 1731 and February 22, 1732? It's recorded as both because of the change from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar in 1752 (read more about Washington's birthday on

Here are a couple of videos that explain the history of our modern calendar and why we have an extra day every four years.

This video was shot on February 29, 2008 which is why you here the narrator say "today is leap year." Four years later it is still a good, brief explanation of leap year.

And while we're on the topic of time, here are a couple of videos about daylight saving time.

H/T to Brain Pickings for the first video.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Free 2012 Calendar Templates

At schools and offices all over the world there are network printers surrounded by wasted misprinted papers. Rather than just throwing those papers in the recycling bin, use Reprint Me to turn those papers into weekly or monthly planning calendars. Reprint Me offers PDF templates for weekly and monthly calendars. Run that paper through the printer again, printing on the blank backside to create a calendar with a Reprint Me template. New calendar templates are released each quarter so that you can print a couple of months in advance. Right now you can get calendars for the first quarter of 2012.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Fun Calendar App for Your Blog

This is more of a "fun" post than a serious ed tech post, but I know some readers will like it. Yesterday, I noticed a neat calendar app on Steven Anderson's blog. The app is called the Human Calendar. The Human Calendar is a widget that you can place in your blog or website to display the date using images of people holding up signs displaying the day of the week, the month, and the year.

Installing the Human Calendar is a simple matter of copying the embed code provided and placing it where you want in your blog or website. You can also add the Human Calendar to your Google Homepage. Check it out below.

Applications for Education
There are not many (any?) specific uses for the Human Calendar in education other than providing a neat way to display the date to visitors to your course blog or website.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Free Printable Year at a Glance Calendars

Scholastic provides a mix of free and paid content that is often quite useful for elementary and middle school teachers. Yesterday, I received an email from Scholastic offering a free Year at a Glance calendar. The calendar is available to anyone in PDF format. To get the calendar, simply click here, download and print.

Applications for Education
As Scholastic points out, the best use of this year at glance calendar is
"for uses such as student birthdays, field trips, guest speakers, assemblies, scheduled assessments, books to read aloud, and project time lines."

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Izzy Todo - Easy To Do List Builder
Three Student Planners/ Organization Tools

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Calendars Through the Ages and Around the World has a great online exhibit about calendars used throughout history and about the calendars used in by various countries and cultures. In Calendars Through the Ages visitors will find the history of different calendars, how those calendars were developed, significant dates on each calendar, and in some cases why a particular calendar is no longer in use.

Applications for Education
The Olympics are in full swing and are sure to be a topic of conversation in classrooms now and in the fall. This will provide teachers and students with an opportunity to talk about Chinese culture and history. One of the aspects of Chinese culture sure to be discussed is the Chinese calendar and how it differs from the calendar of the west. By visiting Calendars Through the Ages students can explore the origins of the Chinese calendar and significant dates on the Chinese calendar.