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Calendars for Organization and Project Planning via Google Slides

When I first began working at my school site, our students were given a year-long, physical agenda to track their daily assignments.  As a school policy, our students were required to fill this out and teachers would sign/stamp that students had filled out the daily agenda at the beginning of class.  It was a great system for students and taught them how to be organized.  Over the last two years, we have not purchased these agendas since we now have technology that can replace what we were doing for no cost, such as Google Calendar or Google Keep.  However, I have noticed that using Google Calendar is not exactly what the teachers are looking to use in their classrooms and/or they are not comfortable using it themselves.  Although I am a big Google Calendar user and have had success with my students, I can see their concern.  The calendar isn’t broken up by subject type and all of the information a student writes does not show up on the calendar view.  For my students, they are used to navigating Google Calendar but I decided to create something that more teachers would want to use with their students.

So…Over the last couple of months, I have been brainstorming ways to help keep my students organized during the school year and while working on projects, as well as creating something that is user-friendly to the student and teacher.

Here is what I created:

2017/2018 Weekly Academic Calendar (Link)

  • Students can use this Slide Deck to track assignments, plan for projects, and more!
  • Students can quickly navigate by clicking on the months at the beginning of the Slide Deck or in the “Timeline” at the bottom of each slide.
  • Students/Teachers can delete any unused months from the template.

2017/2018 Monthly Academic Calendar (Link)

  • Students can use this Slide Deck to track assignments, plan for projects, and more!
  • Students can quickly navigate by clicking on the months at the beginning of the Slide Deck or in the “Timeline” at the bottom of each slide.
  • Students/Teachers can delete any unused months from the template.

 

The calendars above were primarily created to help students track assignments.  Once I started building those calendars, I started thinking about how I could create something for the 20Time Projects that my students would be doing in my AVID and Tech classes next year.  Immediately, I realized I had already created something useful while working on my Google Innovator Project.  For my project, I created a monthly planning process with new goals, ongoing goals, questions/comments/ideas, and status check.

Below are some “project planning” Slide Decks:

Weekly Project Planning Goals (Link)

  • Students can use this Slide Deck when planning weekly goals for 20 Time Projects, Genius Hour, and PBL.
  • Students can duplicate the following slide for the number of weeks of the project.
  • When students complete tasks on the “New” and “Ongoing Goals”, students can right click and change to check marks.

Monthly Project Planning Goals (Link)

  • Students can use this Slide Deck when planning weekly goals for 20 Time Projects, Genius Hour, and PBL.
  • Students can duplicate the following slide for the number of weeks of the project.
  • When students complete tasks on the “New” and “Ongoing Goals”, students can right click and change to check marks.

Feel free to use these with your class.  If you do, I would love your feedback and any ideas that you have to improve these resources!

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