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!

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!


Homework Planners: The beginning. Again.

It is that time of year again, where I have been asked to review our decision to use the built-in tools on the iPad for the students’ agenda,Reminders and Calendar.

Which, by the way, I think is a good idea. Is it working? Are the students using it? Is it helpful? Efficient? Practical? What are the challenges? These are questions we should be asking ourselves every year.

In order to get a better idea, I conducted a very brief and wholly unscientific survey of the Grade 7 class to see what they were using. I was able to survey 23 out of 24 students. Here are a few of the results:

  • 13 use either Reminders or Calendar or a combination of the two  as a homework agenda.
  • 2 Use an outside app called ABC Notes (which hurts my brain a little, but there you go- different strokes for different folks)
  • 3 Use the paper agenda provided from the school on the recommendation of the academic counselor
  • 5 have bought their own print agenda

Which puts me in a bit of a quandary. As yesterday’s post pointed out, there are advantages and disadvantages to both print and electronic. Add to that the variety of learning and organization styles of our students and it it is hard to figure out what to recommend as the best option.

However, I do think it is important to get students used to using online organization tools such as e-calendars, etc. Personally my life is lived on my google calendar. My husband and I share each other’s calendars so we know what it is going in each other’s life. My daughters have their own calendars for their activities. I have one for work and one for home.  When I look at my calendar I get a good picture of how my week is shaping up. The best part is, it is synced with my iPhone, iPad, computer at work as well as anywhere I care to look for it.

However, I also keep a print list beside my desk at work and my computer at home for tasks that need to be done. This method works for me because I am pretty sedentary- I am usually only in one place. The list allows me to look away from the computer for a moment and regroup.

See? Everybody is different. Having said that, It would be nice to find a Homework agenda that encompasses the best of these worlds. So in that vein, I am going to start reviewing (and in some cases, re-reviewing) some homework agenda apps in the next couple of weeks.

I have taken my criteria from last year and revised it, putting the new text in bold:

  • Easy and quick to use
  • Clean, intuitive interface
  • Different views (daily, weekly, monthly) of all assignments
  • Easy to input assignments
  • Different colours for different classes
  • Alerts for assignments
  • If not free, then cheap
  • Easily synced with your other devices

I have taken out:

  • easy to import schedules

Importing schedules is less important I think as our students already have their schedules in other places.It is nice for them to have the option, but less of a priority than I originally thought.

  • It would be great if it could talk to our intranet, but that might be too much to ask.

Yeah. Not going to happen for a while.

I am going to start by reviewing the apps in the article below, then by trying out something called Fantastical 2.

If you have any suggestions, or feel like I should add something to my criteria, please let me know!

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Managing the Calendar on Your iPad – For Dummies

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When you have some events entered in Calendar app for iPad, you can use managing features to search for events, sync your events with other calendars on other devices, or

Lina Gordaneer‘s insight:

I was asked a while ago about how to use the ical. Here is a brief but simple article on how to do that from the For Dummies folks. Not that I am calling anybody a dummie. I hate that title.  I wish it was called “For People Who Don’t Know and Want to Learn”, but I guess it’s not as catchy…

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