Thursday, December 12, 2013

CLASSMINT - interactive note cards for students and teachers

Classmint has some wonderful features for both students and teachers.  Once you create your free account, you have options on creating  note cards and options on how to share them.

Cornel Notes is the perfect way to train students to take notes.

You can customize the cards for students or the students can customize for themselves.

Here is an example of one set of notes.

I see so many uses for CLASSMINT, by both students and teachers.  For those teachers running Flipped Classrooms, this is the perfect tool to make sure students  are watching their assignments and getting the information they need for their face to face interaction with you. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Creating Google Calendar Appointments from Your Google Forms

I am always looking for ways to make my life easier.  When I got to Region One, they asked me to help with the iPad COWS (Cart on Wheels) for our department.  I said sure.  Initially, one would get on the ESC1 site, click on the form and emails would be sent to two different people.  Both would put the information on their calendar and keep track that way.  Problem was, if someone forgot to write it down, or both, then the COW wasn't ready or overbooked.

Now, Region One Staff can look at both calendars, for iPad Cart 1 and iPad Cart 2 and see when there is an opening.  Then, they can fill out the form and the dates are automatically entered into the shared calendar so I and my co-workers don't have to manually input the reservation.  The person filling out the request receives an email confirmation for the reservation and I receive an email letting me know that the reservation was put on the calendar.

A miracle you say?  Yes, now I have 3 calendars that run themselves and allows the staff to see when there are openings.

So here is how I did it......

First I created the calendar.

Second, I created the form making sure that I had all the information I needed, including the date the COW was needed and the date the COW would be returned.

Next, I had to work with the Response Spreadsheet to set up the Email and Calendar merges.  The Script that has to be installed is called FormMule.  You find scripts under the Insert Tab, then scroll down to where it says scripts.  When you search, make sure FormMule is typed in as one word.

Now, you will need to install the FormMule.  After you install, it FormMule will ask for authorization to run.

After installation, FormMule will have a number of steps to follow.  The first is to define merge settings.  I touched nothing and selected SAVE.

Next, you will be asked to submit the email merge settings.  All I did was click the top two check boxes - to turn on email merge feature and trigger this feature on form submit.

On the bottom of the spreadsheet, you will see a new tab that says Email Template - you need to fill out the appropriate information.  This is what mine looked like:

Now, for the calendar merge information: I toggled the first to check boxes and added the calendar ID.  The Calendar ID is found under calendar details. (Calendar Address)

I checked the top check boxes on the left and added the information you see below.
 I also added the Event start time and Event End time - like you see below.
 After running a test drive, your template will look like so.

Last, you fill out the form and you will see the request on your calendar!  Here are the results updated.

I can't tell you how awesome it feels to have this system up and working.  I had a fellow Google fanatic here at work that helped me sort all of this out. Thank you Efren!!!

I have used this for Air Card Checkouts and COW checkouts.  Can you think of ways to use FormMule?  Tell us about it!

Haiku Deck Web Version is awesome like the App!