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Making appointment slots using Google Calendar

On of the key difference between a personal Google account and Gsuite Education account is that you get to add appointment slots on Calendar through Gsuite Education account.

You can check out the tutorial here and some FAQs here.

To be honest, it is fairly easy. Simply access Google Calendar through your Gsuite Education account and click on the time to be made available for appointment booking.

Then, click on “Appointment slots”.

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You can add more details by clicking on “Edit details”.

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In this example, the Parent-teacher Conference is for the whole day, from 10am to 5pm and parents are to make 15min appointment slot. You can your co-teacher as guest to this appointment slots.

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Copy and past the link at the top to your email to parents/ students or whatsapp message.

Finally, click “Save”.

A parent who clicks on the link provided has to access it via a Google account. It does not has to be GSuite Edu account). If the user is not logged in at the point of clicking on link, there will be a prompt for log in.

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Parent can make appointment by clicking on any of the time slot.

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Upon clicking the time slot, the user’s name will appear in bracket next to the event name, in bracket. You may want to remind them to add the child’s name in description.

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Upon clicking “Save”, the creator will receive an email.

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Teacher to click on “Yes” to lock in the appointment.

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Once it’s locked in, the time slot is no longer available for other users to book.

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10am to 10.15am slot no longer available

 

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MOE Buildathon

Participated in the inaugural MOE Buildathon over the weekend and it was definitely a great learning experience.

Love my team cuz I have people of various background on board: educator, designer and entrepreneur 👍 Also loving the vibe and team spirit that we had. Ideation was amazing as we build on each other’s ideas by seeing it from different perpectives and brainstorming for solutions… really amazing! It was also rejuvenating. Felt so alive as it had been awhile my brains cells used for something productive. Despite the mad rush, I think we still did ok 😊

We made it to the top 20, but unfortunately we didn’t make it to Top 10 to present at Excel Fest.

Overall it was a good learning experience, especially since it’s my first hackathon. It gave me more confidence for future hackathon event. Yes, this definitely will not my last hackathon event. Gonna keep trying to make our idea a reality 👊

Someday… one day. One can always dream, right? 🙂

Linoit for Collaborative Learning

I’ve prepared slides for a sharing with colleagues tomorrow. It’s up here now so that other educators can benefit from it too.

Linoit appears as simply just virtual stickies. Students post their comments, ideas etc, then teacher open up canvas for all to see – and that’s it. Done with lesson. Honestly, that’s my initial impression of Linoit.

Until, I have to conduct a sharing on using Linoit. Sounds easy, right? Just a screenshot of the various tools and how each works. However, it was not as straightforward as that. The instruction given to me was that… I should not simply share how to use Linoit but how to use Linoit for collaborative learning.

It was quite a challenge for me. Can Linoit really be used for collaborative learning? But after some google search, reviewing some public canvas, reading up on collaborative learning, Thinking Routine, Cooperative learning strategies etc, I was mind-blown. The capacity Linoit has for a student-centred lesson is quite impressive. In fact, as I was doing up the slides, I also reflected on the lessons I had this year and thought of how I could have use Linoit to manage it better. Perhaps next year 🙂

Hope you guys find this useful! Oh and the best part? I’ve prepared a guide for teachers and students too! Click here for the guide.

Download link: Linoit for Collaborative Learning