Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Students Can Use SMS to Check & Post to Their Google Calendar

While the lucky ones who have smartphones can use their quick mobile Internet connections to check up on their Google Calendar or other web-based organizers, the rest of us (yes I am in this group!) cannot! However, if you use Google Calendar, you can use text messaging to post and read your calendar events. Here is a link to the all the information on how to do this with Google. It is very simple:

To text a new event
Send a new Text Message to:

In Message:
Homework for social studies is to read chapter 3 and write essay on the American frontier due tomorrow at 2:00pm

Google Calendar will put all the information in the correct date and time!!

To read your events via text
Send a new Text Message to:

In Message:
  • 'next': request your next scheduled event
  • 'day: request all of your scheduled events for the present day
  • 'nday': request your events scheduled for the following day
**Right now you can only do this within a 24 hr window.

This would be a nice way to help students' organize by either having them create their own calender (at the secondary school level) or a class calendar (at the elementary level) where they can take turns sending and receiving assignments (and parents could join in too!).


Mp3 Touch Screen said...

There is always a good and a downside to everything...these are the positives which encourage the use of cell phones by students.

Technology said...

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Patrick Kilby said...

Hi, my name is Patrick. This is my first time visiting your blog and you have some fascinating information in here. It's awesome that you can get your students to update their own calendar's via text message. Are there many glitches with system or does it work pretty consistently? My other question is do you feel like the use of cell phones by students is discriminatory or too adventageous for those students who have cell phones as opposed to those who do not?

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