For regular readers of my blog (all six of you), it may seem odd that my posts oscillate between “super happy and helpful” and more snarky and pessimistic rants about the current state of ed tech. I apologize for the confusion, but in my defense it is my blog, and I’m not trying to appease any advertisers or demographics (at least not for a long while). That having been said, here’s a post that wraps both of my moods up into one video.
I really dislike an over-crowded Calendar. I understand the need to be able to see all of the Google Calendars within my district’s Google Apps for Education Domain. There are times when I need to check on a computer cart in a particular building. There are times when I need to coordinate a meeting with a busy colleague, and see her calendar helps. But I don’t want to see all of those calendars on my mobile device, or the Calendar app on my Macbook, both of which I use frequently to schedule meetings.
I know what you’re saying. Ben, you can simply “uncheck” those calendars on your device so that you can’t see them anymore. The problem is, when you uncheck those calendars, they’re still there. You can’t see them anymore, but any reminders or notification alerts that were attached to the events still flood my notifications list on my Mac and my phone. When you’ve got more than a dozen extra calendars that have been delegated to you, it’s rather annoying. So I put together a quick video to completely remove the extra calendars from being pushed out to your iOS devices and Mac, but still have access to them via the web and Google Apps. If you want the short version, just head over to Google Calendar’s Sync Select page (https://www.google.com/calendar/syncselect), login to your Google Account, and get unchecking!
If you’re in a role similar to mine, working in an Apple-heavy environment, and would like to have at least one restful device that you can access just your own calendar without all of the others, I hope this helps.