Monday, September 18, 2017

Calendar Templates Using Google Docs

I am a huge fan of Google Calendars and the Google Classroom Calendars, but I occasionally have an educator ask me about creating a printable calendar using Google Docs. (They could always do this with Microsoft Word.)  Once upon a time, there were calendar templates in the Old Google Docs Templates, but I have not found one in the New Docs Templates. (Maybe by the time some reads this, there will be and you can ignore the rest of this post?)

I have even gone as far as manually creating a template in a Google Document. I used tables and entered the dates manually and shared this with staff/students as a template preview. You can learn how to share Google Files as copies or templates in this post if you are not using Google Classroom with students or as a PD tool.

"By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest." Confucius

I continued to explore this topic here and there and my wisdom has grown. Currently, I recommend 2 different options to staff looking for a calendar in Docs. I will provide additional details below if you are interested in exploring 1 or both of these options. 
  • Option 1: Use Google Sheets Templates (There is a nice calendar template in the New Sheets Page.)
  • Option 2: Create a calendar using a Microsoft Word Calendar Template and upload to Google Drive as a Google Document. 
Google Sheets Calendar Templates

You can find a calendar template on the New Google Sheets Template Page.

Here is a copy I made from the template gallery if you want to see what this would look like. (The Tabs on the bottom open up each month.)

If you are looking for a few more template options, you might explore the Add-on “Template Gallery” by (I’ve not used this, but it looks like there are several calendar options. A template could be created by a teacher and then shared with students.

Microsoft Word Calendar Templates to Google Docs

When creating a new Word Document you have the option to start from a template. The process varies slightly depending on the version of Word you are using. Click here to see the process in Word 2013.

After creating your template in Word, you can upload and convert your file to Google Docs. You may need to make a few formatting changes, but you now have a shareable template. Share in Google Classroom or use these tips to share the url as a copy or a template. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Getting to Know My Students - The Learning Continues

I started the year with a series of activities designed to build a stronger classroom community.

I have continued to get to know my students and I just wanted to share a followup activity that we really enjoyed.

I will typically share a short video that I find inspirational, motivational, or sometimes just fun on Fridays. The goal is to get conversations started about something that is more than just our content.

Today I showed the James Veitch TED Talk - The agony of trying to unsubscribe 

I am still adapting to the personalities of my classes, so I was not sure where our conversations would go. It went much further than I could have already hoped. Long story short, we had an incredible conversation about boredom and learning that I did not know that my students had in them. 

I wanted to share this video today in case you are looking to have a creative conversation with your students on Monday? If you share this video with your students, I'd love to know how it goes. 

"Let it be the catalyst for whimsy!"