How to Use Calendar as an Agenda

I made a video using the Greg Scruton method of Flipping the Classroom. My topic was how to use the Calendar app as an Agenda.

Here were my steps:

  1. I wrote a script. here it is: SCRIPT- Calendar as agenda. It was too long, as I found out later.
  2. I found a quiet place where I would not be interrupted (this after a very frustrating day of being interrupted.)
  3. I used airserver to project my iPad screen on to my laptop. This is not a free thing, but our IT guy can help you out…
  4. I recorded my screen with Quicktime Player.
  5. My movie ended up being over 7 minutes long, so I had to edit (no way was I going to make another take!)
  6. I watched Greg’s video about Mpegstreamclip then downloaded the app. (I had to get Brian to give me permission to download this, but it was well worth it- I simpler way of editing my movie than iMovie, which still kind of scares me…)
  7. I edited the parts where I tell people the table of contents as well as the end part, which cut my movie down to 5 min 30. Still a bit long for an explainer video, so I definitely have some work to do, but I think it is better than my first attempt!
  8. I uploaded it to youtube so I could share it with you!

Here is the video – please feel free to use it with your advisory!

Let me know what you think and thanks Greg!

Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated | Edudemic

This is very intriguing! I don’t have enough time to review this today, but I will definitely find the time next week… In case you are interested in checking it out, it is available in the “iPhone only” section of the app store and the costs is $1.19.

Just to give you a taste:

“Study Habits distinguishes itself as the only student-planner app that integrates motivational and learning strategies to teach healthier study habits.”


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Agenda Survey: Part 7 (Grade 11)

It is almost not worth talking about the data from the Grade 11s as only 11 students responded, but just for the sake of consistency, here are the salient points:

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As I mentioned above, the sample is too small to come to any conclusions, so I am going to refrain from coin so, though I am left with many many questions…

In Conclusion

Based on the variety of responses, I think sticking with our original plan, whereby we encourage the use of the built-in tools as a default, then make suggestions for a tool more suited to the student’s needs (do they need extra help with their organizational skills? Would a print agenda work better? A more specific agenda app?) as we go along is the best.


Agenda Survey: Part 6 (Grade 10)

And here are the results for Grade 10! There were many more students in Grade ten who do not use an agenda ever.  Just to give you an overview, here are the results by grade for  those who said they do NOT use an agenda:

Grade 7: 0%

Grade 8: 12%

Grade 9: 22%

Grade 10: 30%

Some of the comments that accompanied the “No” answer ranged from “I always forget it” to “I’m organized without one” , “I check the portal”. One respondent also declared it was a waste of paper as opposed to another respondent who said she didn’t use one this year but was planning on doing it next year.

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Once again, we must keep in mind that the older grades all receive the print agenda from the school. Thus, what is significant is not so much the number who use it, but the number of students who don’t. 1/3 of the respondents don’t use one at all. of the other two thirds,less than half rely solely on the print agenda.


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Although it seems that those who do use the print agenda seem pretty happy with it, as do those who use a combination of the two.

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Agenda Survey: Part 5 (Grade 9)

Here are the results for Grade 9. Yep, the results for agenda use is definitely going down the older the student:

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It is important to remember that the Grade 9 class (as with the grade 10 and 11s) still all receive the print agenda from the school regardless of their preferences. The grade 7s and 8s do not. If they do use the print agenda provided from the school, it is because an intervention has been made with the academic counsellor or the student has specifically requested it.

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And here is the level of satisfaction:


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Agenda Survey: Part 4 (Grade 8)

Here are the results for the Grade 8s. It is interesting to note that the “yes” is getting eaten away by the “sometimes” and “no”…
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Though the built-in apps use has gone up:

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Here are the levels of satisfaction. Once again, the students seem relatively happy with their choice:

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It will be interesting to see in the coming days if the use of the agenda goes down or up in the older grades. But to come to a premature conclusion,I think we are on the right track to encourage the use of different tools. I am assuming that organization, like learning, happens in many ways and that one tool will work better for one student and another tool for the next.