How to Create a Click and Learn Digital Calendar

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

The holidays are here! You might be familiar with advent calendars, which have treats or gifts to count down the days to Christmas. Well you can take the same concept and create your own digital version of an advent calendar. Tis the season to inspire active learning with a click and learn digital countdown calendar! Students can count the days till the break or count the days towards class starting again in 2018. In your digital calendar, you will present a nugget of learning, each day as a gift! This could be a fun learning game, trivia, writing prompt, joke, inspiring quote, fun app to try, a hyperdoc, or small task. Award a digital badge for each task as an added bonus! You can also create a digital click and launch calendar to launch an edtech mission like the ones in my book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies with EdTech Missions. Simply attached the mission card and badges from the book to each day. Check out my example digital calendar and the instructions that follow.

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Create a Digital Calendar

To create your own interactive digital calendar:

  1. Go to my Google Calendar Template and make a copy.  Add an image to the header.
  2. Take a screenshot of the calendar so it is a jpg or png.
  3. Upload this image to ThingLink.
  4. Add links, prompts, challenges, missions, or apps to explore. Feel free to add a digital badge to inspire more completion of tasks.

Challenge: Inspire learning during the holidays with a click and learn digital calendar.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

1 comment

  1. Great idea! Can use when we have some extra time between concerts, holiday activities, etc. in the busy month of December. Thinking of using the same idea to create a paperless reading calendar to share with parents. Thanks.

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