We discussed how ready to use curriculum can save time when facilitating an after-school club. Having access to turnkey lessons reduces the pressure of planning engaging activities for club members. With minimum preparation, advisors are able to organize a new program at their school site and positively impact students.
Our goal is to share resources that will help new club advisors get started by guiding them through the basic steps of planning and establishing an after-school club. With competing priorities, club operations can quickly become overwhelming for advisors. Club advisors need to track fundraising or service learning projects, communicate with parents, keep members active, etc. Therefore, it's imperative that club advisors not only have ready to use curriculum but support tools to oversee other duties.
Managing an after-school club with free tools is possible and it doesn't take bootstrapping together various resources from different companies to make it affordable. In fact, it's feasible to coordinate and organize operational projects with free Google tools.
Here are nine ways to use Google tools to manage your club's activities.
1. Google Voice
Club advisors: Use a designated phone number to communicate with parents about club updates and reminders about upcoming meetings.
Club advisors: Use a designated club email address to easily receive and send emails to parents, volunteers, sponsors, etc. or to share newsletters.
3. Google Calendar
Club advisors: Place all club meetings, service learning projects, and fundraising projects on the calendar so that parents and club members may plan accordingly.
4. Google Sites
Club advisors: Create a website to share the club's purpose, goals, and plans for the school year.
5. Google Forms
Club advisors: Create a club enrollment form or measure club effectiveness through student surveys.
6. Google Docs
Club members: Record meeting notes or collaborate on fundraising plans or service projects.
7. Google Drive
Club advisors: Easily organize club documents in folders, access them from any device, and share them instantly.
8. Google Hangouts
Club advisors: Invite guests to speak with club members virtually.
9. Google Classroom
Club advisors: Host all club documents, member discussions, planning checklists, math activities by using a blended learning format to manage your club.
Grab our free club planning guide. It's filled with action-packed instructions and tips to save you time with planning and launching a math club for girls at your school or community site.