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Sharing a Master Calendar through Google Calendar



Overall Numeric Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Jun 11, 2012 by Teacher Education
Overview: This is a self-contained tutorial on how to configure a master calendar in Google Calendar. The intent of the tutorial is for school teachers to learn how to better network and organize through Google Calendar.
Type of Material: This is a slide-show tutorial with video clips.
Recommended Uses: Educators can create a class calendar, synching calendars to mobile devices, track student interventions, schedule professional development and team teaching, keep track of important dates, and manage important tasks
Technical Requirements: You can simply view the tutorial. However, to actually participate in the learning you need to create a Google Calendar account for yourself. (This is covered right at the beginning of the tutorial.)
Identify Major Learning Goals: The user will learn how to set up a Google Master calendar.
Target Student Population: junior high, high school, college/university, community and educational organizations
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: If the students are NOT familiar with Google calendar there is a site in the beginning of the material for them to access.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The tutorial is clear, specific, and focused on one specific task. The steps are concise and supported with visual and/or video documentation. The content is directed toward the intended goal and meets it.
Concerns: There is a survey at the end of the tutorial that is still "live" that is for teachers in a specific school district. If you ignore it, no problem. If you participate in the survey, you are not going to see the results, and it is going skew the data for the school district. The author should either close the survey or separate/remove it from the posted tutorial. Then the content could easily be used by many schools with no data mishaps.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: This tutorial for Google Calendars is well-structured and could be provided to faculty and staff or students to complete independently by a given date or they could easily complete it as a group during a work session without previous planning and preparation. The supporting videos and visuals make every step clear and specific.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The organization of the information is systematic. The navigation through the tutorial is clearly indicated and consistently placed on each page. Hyperlinks to supporting information are provided at appropriate places. The presentation is clean and efficient in appearance.
Concerns: The survey for the original audience at the end of the tutorial can misleading. And since it is still "live," it can skew the data for the original users. The author should shut down the survey and/or remove it from the tutorial to avoid confusion and unnecessary participation.