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.
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.)
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”.
Third, copy the entire URL that appears after “Use this iCal link”.
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”.
Fifth, paste the URL you copied from Schoology (step three) into the “URL” box, then click on “Add 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.