How to Organize your Calendar at Traf

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 8.39.54 AMYesterday I showed the staff briefly how to subscribe to the calendar feeds from our web calendar through the Traf app. However there were many questions that I was not able to address in the short time we had, which I thought I would address now.




First of all, here is a step by step guide to getting your calendar app up to date on your iPad:

1.Tap on the Calendar box:


2. Scroll down to the bottom of the Calendar until you see calendar feeds. Scroll down to view the options and choose one.

3. You will get the following message. Tap okay:

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4. View your events in your calendar!



Why can I see the feed I subscribed to on my iPad but not on my google calendar or iCal on my desktop?

After a bit of fiddling around with the different calendars, I came to the conclusion that, even though you can sync events and calendars that you create in your calendar, the feeds you subscribe to will not sync to your other devices. At least, I think that is true to the best of my knowledge- if I am wrong please let me know!


What this means is that you will have to take the two minutes and subscribe to your feeds on your laptop. Go to the Calendar on the Traf website. Click on the Arrow out of the box icon in the upper right hand corner:

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Choose which option suits you best. 

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Personally, I use my google calendar, so I chose to add it directly to my google calendar. make sure you are signed in to your Google account if you choose this option.

Why are some events repeating in my calendar?

If you are like me, you will have several different calendars. I have two gmail accounts- a personal and a work one. I tend to share my google calendars with my different accounts so that if I am logged into my work account and check my calendar, I will see if I have a personal event that might conflict with an after school event.

But if I don’t watch out, I will get a calendar that looks like this:

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Notice the 3 labour days, the 2 GFTC meetings. This is an easy fix. Simply go to your calendars and scroll through them to see where maybe some of your calendars repeat. Once you have found the duplicates, uncheck all but one. This does not mean you are deleting a calendar. It just means that you are hiding it from the display.

Here is how it should look:


Ahhh. That’s better. If you are having other issues with your calendar, or if this post was as clear as mud, please come and see me and we can de-fuddle it together!


Attention Science Teachers: Here’s How Superheroes Work | Edudemic

This is a fun way to get your students summer-frazzled brains thinking about science again!

Sometimes, the things that will lure students to be interested in a particular subject isn’t found in the material itself, but in related topics that they might not necessarily know are related. Science and math tend to be the subjects that crawl to the top of that list most often. Kids may be fascinated by …


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Social Media for Staff Workshop

This morning Alissa Sklar, social media and youth expert came to talk to our staff about social media and our students. She presented us with a whole slew of information regarding the 9 elements of digital citizenship (as defined by Ribble and Bailey) as well as some tips on how to manage our own online identity.

Here is a takeaway (along with a link to her very thorough presentation) that she so generously shared with us and allowed me to share with you!

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Digital Citizenship handout teachers

The day culminated with an intense and productive discussion regarding our upcoming social media policy for staff, but more on that when I have something to show!

rAPPido review: Google Slides

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 10.15.26 AMFollowing the tradition of having everything be a separate app (why? Why????) Google has just released Google Slides.

So I thought I would take it for a test drive and write my review as a Google presentation.

Most of it was done on the iPad, but then I thought to check the difference between my iPad and the Desktop.

Here is the result:

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Here is the link again.

Notice how it is not embedded. Humph. I did a quick search on the internet to see if anybody else has commented on the reduced functionality of the google suite on the iPad, but not a word. I feel like a crazy person. How hard is it to ask to be able to insert an image or even a link inside your document? How is this helpful for our students who only own an iPad and not a desktop?

This is so close to being an amazing free and handy alternative to the paying apps such as Pages, and Keynote, but without the basic ability to make a visual presentation directly on the iPad, the only thing this is good for is a very quick and dirty sketch of a presentation.

How To Integrate iPads With The New Google Classroom – Edudemic

Welcome back, teachers!  I thought I would kick off a new season of iPadYouPad with an article about Google Classroom and everything it can do for you.  Create your content on the iPad, whether it be an explainer video on Explain Everything, an annotated PDF out of Notability and even a video off of iMovie and then simply upload it to google drive and share with your students!

Here is a great article, which includes a nice visual of the workflow.  I know of one teacher already who takes advantage of the Google drive/Explain everything connection to share with her students but I would like to here from anybody else who uses it. How is it working for you? Any problems you would like to highlight? benefits?

With the recent announcement that Google Classroom will be available to all Google Apps for Education schools by the week of August 11th, schools that have also adopted iPads are interested in exploring the platform to determine if it will integrate into their existing deployment to provide a helpful and approachable workflow solution. While there …


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