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Import Your Schoology Calendar Into Google, Outlook, or iCal

Schoology is a powerful Learning Management System (LMS) used by teachers to help organize their materials and lessons online, communicate with students and their parents, and distribute and collect homework electronically. A very basic feature of Schoology that is extremely helpful for students, especially high school students, is the calendar. Keeping track of eight classes’ worth of homework, the lacrosse team’s 17-game schedule, and school events like dances, plays, and awards’ nights could be overwhelming if it weren’t for the fact that students can see only the events that pertain to them, and they can all be found in the Schoology calendar.

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Schoology Upcoming Calendar

 

One way to make the calendar more useful for students and parents is to import that Schoology calendar into a calendar system you already use like Google Calendar, Outlook, or iCal. Why? If you keep another calendar system for personal or work-related reasons, then adding your Schoology events and due dates to that same calendar lets you keep all of your appointments in one place. It also gives you access to your Schoology due dates on your computer, phone, and iPad – any place you already use Google Calendar (or Outlook or iCal). You also have the ability to share your Schoology Calendar with others, which means parents can add their child’s Schoology calendar to their own phones. This is a great feature when a student is heavily involved in clubs or sports.

Adding your Schoology calendar to Google Calendar

The directions below describe how to connect a student’s Schoology calendar to their Google Calendar. (These steps will work with Outlook and iCal, too, but they might differ slightly.)

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Account Settings in Schoology

First, go to the Account Settings inside Schoology. You can find that in the top-right of the screen next to your name. In this example I am using a fake student account named Baby Bill Bixby.

Second, scroll down to “Share Your Schoology Calendar” and click on “Enable”.

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Enable sharing of your Schoology calendar

 

 

Third, copy the entire URL that appears after “Use this iCal link”.

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The calendar feed for a Schoology calendar can be imported into Google Calendar, Outlook, and iCal

 

Fourth, go to Google.com and sign into your Google Calendar. All of your calendars are listed at the bottom-left side of the screen. Click on the small arrow next to “Other calendars” and choose “Add by URL”.

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Add an existing calendar (like your Schoology calendar) into Google Calendar by clicking on “Add by URL”

 

Fifth, paste the URL you copied from Schoology (step three) into the “URL” box, then click on “Add Calendar”.

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Paste the URL of another calendar into Google Calendar

 

That’s it! Your Schoology calendar will now appear within your Google Calendar. You will be able to see the most important information: title, day, and time for all of your due dates, homework, games, practices, ACT Prep days, and other events entered into Schoology by you or your teachers. If you want to see the finer details, like the handouts attached to your homework, then you’ll still need to go to Schoology to see them. The basic overview is extremely helpful, though, especially when you’re just keeping track of what’s due over the next day or two.

 

Backing Up Your iPad Before You Turn It In For the Summer

2048_ScreenshotIf you are reading this then you probably have enjoyed a full year of learning with a school-issued iPad. You’ve had thoughtful discussions with your class on Schoology, won the final class Space Race on Socrative, beat your teacher’s best Scatter time on Quizlet, and created a “See You Next Year” video with iMovie. Maybe you even got to tile 2048. Your iPad has been your friend this year, but it’s time to turn it in for the summer. Get ahead of the game and back up your data right now! It will make the collection process easier.

Here are the steps you should follow to back up all your files, photos, videos, game data, and everything else you created this year.

  1. Back up Notability to iCloud and Google Drive (you can lose Notes from an iOS update)
    1. Open Notability app -> Settings (gearbox in bottom right) -> iCloud -> Move slider to On
    2. Open Notability app -> Settings (gearbox in bottom right) -> Auto-backup -> Google Drive (log in using your school Gmail or personal Gmail account)
  2. Update iPad to most current iOS
    1. Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update
  3. Update all apps
    1. Go to App Store and install all updates
  4. Backup up photos to Google+ (auto backup) or Google Drive (manual backup)
    1. Google+ (for use with personal Google accounts only): Open Google+ app -> Settings (gearbox in top of menu) -> Camera and Photos -> Auto Backup -> Back up all photos and videos
    2. Google Drive (for personal account or school account): Open Google Drive app -> Add to My Drive (+ button in top right) -> Upload Photos or Videos -> Camera Roll -> Select the photos you want to keep and then tap the blue checkmark
  5. Back up iPad to iCloud
    1. Go to Settings -> iCloud -> Storage & Backup then turn on iCloud Backup
    2. Do not back up: Mail, Photos (which includes videos), and Music

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