Google Appointment Slots Are Here To Stay

February 6, 2013  4 Comments

In our first Google Apps For Education news update we talk about what is happening with Google Appointment Slots

Google appointment slots update announced by Google.  See the video below for more information.

IN THIS EPISODE:

00.08 – Where I am shooting this video

00.25 – One of the most asked questions is…

00.52 – We are launching a weekly update video

01.10 – Google Appointment slots are here to stay

01.25 – What you can use Google appointments slots for

02.22 – Go to googleappsinedu.com to find out more about how you can use Google Appointment Slots

02.40 – Google Apps can be a tool to build engagement and motivation in the classroom

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

Hi, you’re with Mike Reading from www.GoogleAppsforedu.com. Just over here in Queenstown, in New Zealand, and have got the weekend off.  I’ve been over here speaking to some schools and doing some staff development on how schools can use Google to increase engagement and the motivation of their students.

As I was just relaxing this weekend a little bit just thinking about Google and schools and so on, I realized that one of the question probably most asked by people is what’s new, what’s the latest, what’s happening around Google.

Obviously if you’ve been using Google for a little while you’ve probably realized that Google roll out things quite quickly. They’re changing things all the time and so that can be a little bit hard to keep up with, especially when you’re looking at packed programs and all the things that you’ve got to do with your school responsibilities.

So I was just thinking to help teachers out one of the things I would do, was just start to create a short weekly video that just explains what’s the latest thing happening around Google. Maybe explain some cool features that are happening and some ways that I’m seeing teachers in schools use them.

So this video what I want to do is I want to share some exciting news with you. And that is that Google has just this week announced that they’re going to continue to support Google appointment slots.

Google appointment slots

Now Google appointment slots for a lot of schools have become an integral part of how the school runs and is organized. You can use appointment slots to do resource bookings, to book parent-teacher interviews, and all of that just happens seamlessly and without you having to do anything.

Once you set the calendar up everything just happens automatically. And so that was a great feature but I guess around about December last year, Google was saying that they were going to no longer support appointment slots and the forums and around the Google community there was a lot of outcry about that and thankfully Google listened and they’ve just announced just this week that they’re going to keep appointment slots open.

So there are some schools that were madly trying to organize their calendars and schedule out for a whole year just so they could have at least the features in place for another year before they had to go and find a third party program that would do that for them. The great news is if you were doing that you don’t need to do that anymore.

If you don’t know what appointment slots are and you want to find out why so many schools were so passionate about using them then you can head over to www.GoogleAppsforedu.com and just do the search by just typing calendar and you will see something come up around how you can use appointment slots in your school (HERE IS A DIRECT LINK).

So if you want more tips on how you can use Google Apps in education, if you want to know how you can use Google to better motivate and engage your students and build a real culture of engagement in your school or in your classroom.  Head over to www.GoogleAppsforedu.com there’s a whole lot of tips and tricks over there, videos that will show you how to do things and you can also sign up and get our seven part crash course, which just leads you through how do you set up Google in your school. How do you do things like conduct a Google search and create a strategy for searching for your students. You can also find out how to create self-grading assessments and a few of those real fun things that we can use Google for in the classroom.

So I encourage you to head over to www.GoogleAppsforedu.com and check out the further resources there.

Until next week, we’ll see you then.

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Mike

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