- What are Schoology Calendars?
Each unique Schoology course also comes with its own calendar. Teachers can add events and important reminders to course calendars for students to see. Schools also have unique calendars. School site admin can add events such as club meetings and games to Schoology to keep the student body informed. Students who are members of any Schoology Group also have access to group-specific calendars. As a bonus, each student even gets their own personal calendar in Schoology – visible to only that student.
- How do students see various course/group calendars?
Having a calendar for each course, school, and group means students need a way to organize all that information. Luckily, Schoology has some great calendar management tools! Students can access calendars in two ways. The first way is right when students first log in. On the left-hand side of the Home Page, there is a Calendar option listed. If students click on that, they are taken to a “master calendar” that holds all of their course calendars.
Here, students can toggle which calendars they are looking at in a given moment. To do that, students must click on the “All Calendars” drop down along the top of the calendar, and check on which calendars they want to see. As a bonus, students can change the color of a certain calendar by clicking on the colored box next to each calendar name.
This master calendar area is great, but might have more information than a student needs. To access the calendar for just a course or a group, students can navigate to that course or group. Along the top, right-hand side of the page is the word “Upcoming” with a small calendar logo next to it. Any important dates, including assignment due dates, will already be listed for the student. To access the full course calendar, students can click on the small calendar logo next to the word “Upcoming”.
- Can students add their own events?
Yes – but students cannot add events to course, school, or group calendars. Students do have a personal calendar they can manage. To access the personal calendar, students must start on the homepage of Schoology and click on the Calendar link on the left-hand side. On the master calendar page that appears, students can start adding to their own calendar. All they have to do is click on a date and the event editing window will pop up. In the pop-up window, students must give the event a title, but all other features are optional. Students can add: a start time, an end time, a description, files, links, audio recordings, and more. Along the bottom of the pop up is a text box that shows which calendar this event will go it. In a grey box, it will say “Me”, showing this will go to the student’s personal calendar. To finish the event, the student can hit the blue “Create” button.
- Can parents also see the course calendars?
Yes. Parents must sign up for a free Schoology account and use a code to link their account to their student. Once a parent does that, they can see everything relevant to their child in a course. Parents can see assignments, calendars, annoucements, and more. However, classmate data is kept private from a parent. Parents are also able to see the school site calendar and relevant group calendars. All of Schoology’s features are accessible to parents online and through the mobile app. Please visit the Parent Schoology pages for more information.
- Anything else students or parents need to know?
One thing to keep in mind is Schoology’s calendars are kept separate from other calendaring programs. Students can use an import feature to add other calendar information to Schoology. This is a one-time, static import – meaning Schoology does not actively sync with another calendar program. Students can also export a copy of their Schoology calendars and import those files into either Google Calendar or Outlook calendar. Again, this will not be an active sync.