At Tandem, we want your organization to have one online school calendar for ALL events. To accomplish this goal, there is a little known feature of the Tandem calendar that allows you to post your organization’s menu to your favorite online school calendar. To do this, follow these simple instructions:
1. Select the Menu Tab
2. Select “Add” from Menu view.
3. Enter the necessary information. If you do not have any menu types yet, enter them now.
Now, your menu is available and ready to be enjoyed!
These past two weeks have seen a lot of great articles posted on our Twitter stream. You can view them all by going to twitter.com/intand. Below are a few of our more interesting tweets:
Ideas to Increase Parent Communication in Schools – This article focuses on ways schools can increase communication with parents. It lists many very actionable measures that a school can use to increase parent communication.
Put Your School’s Calendar Online! – Somewhat of an older article but the point remains the same, put you school’s calendar online! And we couldn’t agree more. With today’s technology their is no reason not to put your school calendar online.
Target Announces Plans to Reach $1 Billion in Support of Education – It is always great to hear that corporations are willing to put money into education. Target is donating another $500 million to help education as part of a new reading initiative.
When we are not busy building the best online school calendar available, we like to take a look at what others in education technology are working on. Below are a couple of those highlights from last week. To find more articles like these, follow us on Twitter!
One Laptop per Child: This is a great read regarding how far the one laptop per child initiative has come. Can’t wait to see where this goes in the future! http://tiny.cc/ikjhx
Facebook for Teachers: A super-intendent in California has revealed a program aimed at letting Teachers collaborate in an environment similar to Facebook. It allows teachers to create profiles and access a database of teaching resources. http://tiny.cc/g2gji
1. Makes information on school events more accessible for students.
Schools have tons of extra-curricular clubs and yet it can be difficult to get the word out that these clubs exist. If schools publish all their school events on a online calendar like Tandem for Schools, it will help students find out about the extra-curricular groups that they can get involved with. This can help them be more involved with school activities and also pad their resumes for college.
2. Makes information on school events more accessible for parents.
Parent involvement is critical to the success of students and an online calendar encourages parents to be more involved with school events. An online school calendar effectively communicates the when and where for school activities and events, which makes it easier for parents to participate.
3. Alerts students and parents of time critical information.
One of the interesting features of Tandem for Schools is that it allows you to subscribe to an RSS feed, or sync the school calendar with your main personal calendar like iCal, Outlook, Google Calendar, or Cozi. When there is a change to the game time or a school delay due to weather, school administrators can make changes to the school’s calendar which will be immediately reflected on the online calendar as well as get distributed to parent calendars and RSS feeds.
4. Go Green
Printing paper calendars for every student and staff can consume a lot of paper and ink. Also paper calendars often become outdated as soon as they are printed because there will inevitably be changes to scheduled events, which leads to more paper being used to notify everyone. Going digital can save many, many trees.