Create a School Webpage For Your Classroom in Minutes!
Many educators in North America and Worldwide use their Google account for many educational and personal uses. GMAIL, Google Drive, Google+ and Google Calendar are just a few of the many Google Products that are FREE to use personally or in your classroom.
This post will focus on a quick and easy way to create a class website in minutes using Google Calendar.
Step 1 – Create a Google Account and Google Calendar
You must first create a Google Account in order to access the features of Google Calendar. However, if you already have a GMAIL account or use another product, you can use that same login. All Google Products are all connected to make using Google products in your classroom very simple and easy to integrate.
The video below will take you through the process of creating your first Google Calendar for School or Personal use:
Once your account is created, be sure you are logged in and click on the Calendar link at the top of the Google homepage. Then, click on the pull-down menu in the My Calendars section to Create a New Calendar:
Step 2 – Making Your Calendar Public and Sharing the Web Link
By default, Google Calendars are set to private as many people use them for personal uses only. By clicking on the pull-down menu on your calendar in the My Calendars section, you can go to Sharing Settings and click Make This Calendar Public. The video below demonstrates this as well as how to share the link with your students:
Be sure to make the calendar PUBLIC so that your students will be able to access the calendar and view your course material and updates.
Step 3 – Creating a bitly Short Link to Share Easily
You’ll notice the Google Calendar link for sharing with others is very long and difficult to share without copying and pasting. We can use a free service from BITLY to make the link shorter and even customize the link a bit. Check this process out in the video below:
Step 4 – How to Attach Files to Your Calendar With Google Drive
Since you now have a Google Calendar account, that means you also have a Google Drive account for cloud-based file sharing! Why not attach today’s lesson handout or other important files to your Google Calendar? Learn how below:
Step 5 – Adding Website Links to Google Calendar Events
Want to share a great YouTube video explaining a key concept from your lesson? Think a Khan Academy Practice Exercise would be beneficial for students to try on their own? Add active (clickable) links to your Google Calendar by watching the following video:
Step 6 – How to Link to Public Dropbox Files With Google Calendar
Are you a Dropbox or other cloud-computing fan? Grab the public link from the cloud computing service of your choice and include the link via the method from Step 5. Watch this video to see how quick you can add a public file from your Dropbox account and include the link on your Course Google Calendar:
That’s it! Your Class is Online!
Congratulations! You now have a web-presence for your class! What a great way to organize your course material and ensure students who are absent can stay on track even while ill or away at a sporting event!
Any questions? Shoot me a comment below!