Thursday, May 17, 2007

Google Tools

Recently I discovered Google calendars. I think this tool is going to come in very handy for me professionally and personally. I have customized and set Google as my homepage, I have a google email account, and I use Google Reader as my RSS tool. It is nice to have one stop shopping!

I just finished listening to The Google Story on my iPod. I am thinking it is in my Top 10 list of books I have read. But that is a whole other post for a later time. After reading the book I feel pretty comfortable using all Google tools.

As a school administrator and/or teacher, I am sure you have many different schedules and/or calendars: District calendars, building calendars, B-day calendars, personal calendars, Holiday calendars etc. My list could go on and on. Keep in mind that I am just starting work with Google calendars but so far I see MANY benefits. My worry was that I was going to have to all my teachers register for google accounts and remember to check them but I can actually embed a calendar in my blog that I use for teachers.

  • I have embedded a couple in my blog for starters. (Summer Calendar)
  • My teachers like to have hard copies of our Special Class rotation calendar and these print very nicely and are easy to read.
  • You can subscribe to a calendar so that when an event is added you are reminded. (I haven't done this yet so I am not sure if it is through email or RSS.)
  • I can "share" my calendars with my secretaries so they can add/change dates.
  • I also added a link to one of the days. It had to be a separate 'event' in order to fit.

Over the past 3 years I have tried many different calendars and I hope I have hit the jackpot with this one. So far so good. I really like embedding things right now! As I plug along through this I will include some of the pitfalls as well. I have to admit these tools have made my life a lot more organized. Now, if I can just get my teacher to read my teacher blog without coming to me first.