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The Calendar Basics lesson will prepare you with a fundamental understanding of Calendar, its features and general benefits in the classroom. Review the first lesson, watch the training video from a Google Certified Teacher, and complete a self-check quiz to confirm your understanding.
You will learn:
- How to describe Calendar
- How to identify Calendar's main components
- What is the typical application of Calendar in the classroom
- How to identify the unique value to educators and teaching
- How to access supporting information
What is Calendar?
Google's free online Calendar helps you keep track of life’s important events, all in one place. Calendars can be shared school-wide or with select colleagues. You can overlay multiple calendars to see when people are available. Google Calendar is integrated into Gmail and compatible with popular calendar applications.
What features does Calendar have?
Google apps integration
Calendar integrates with other Google apps like Gmail, Hangouts and Drive. You can create a Hangout link in the calendar event and join from your computer, tablet or phone. Gmail allows you to RSVP to events without ever leaving your inbox. And attaching Drive files to events ensures that everyone has the materials they need.
The Calendar app for Android syncs across devices, so you can access your calendar no matter where you are. You can also access your calendar from any device with a web browser. Set up calendar notifications via SMS to get reminders when you are on the go.
The Calendar app for Chrome lets you view your class schedule and respond to invites, even when you don’t have an internet connection. Changes made to your calendar will be synced the next time you connect to the internet.
Share and collaborate on calendars with people in and outside of your organization. You can give access to one person, a group of parents, or even publish calendars on websites for all to reference. Calendars work with Google Groups, allowing everyone to edit. They automatically update when new members join or old members leave.
Google Calendar is designed for security and reliability with features like encrypted connections to Google’s servers, simultaneous replicated storage for your calendar appointments and built-in disaster recovery.
Benefits of Calendar in the classroom
Google Calendar is free for schools. You can easily share your calendar with your
entire organization or select people. Scheduling has never been easier when you
overlay calendars to find a time that works with everyone’s schedules.
Schedule school events, send out invitations and let Google Calendar handle the RSVPs for you. Students can easily find time to meet up for school projects by utilizing shared calendars.
Calendar integrates with other Google Apps, like Gmail, Hangouts and Drive. Reply to invites right from your inbox without visiting Calendar. Include a Hangout link in calendar events and join the Hangout from the web or your phone. Attach a Drive file to an event so everyone has the agenda, or knows what files to review.
Watch training video
Thank you for taking the Calendar quiz.
If you would like a refresher on the basics, this lesson is available any time.
If you would like to learn more about about how to use Calendar, continue to the Level 2 lessons >>