1)When I am using my iPad to enter events into my calendar I usually use Apple’s Calendar app. It’s fast and I know it syncs well with iCloud, my Laptop, my iPhone and my Band website. I do have an issue though with repeating events! – As I went through and tried creating a class, for instance, that I wanted to repeat every weekday – I could not do it using Apple’s Calendar App! My solution – I dug into my apps and pulled out Pocket Informant.
I’ve had this app but am not fully convinced I like it’s layout – it seems cluttered to me. I also do not like how they make turning off specific calendars difficult. BUT…. I get side tracked. What I do like is the fact that Pocket Informant allows me to create repeating events just like I can do on my MacBookPro in that Calendar app!
2)A fellow teacher today asked me about calendar apps and which I was using on my iPhone – my response was that I used mostly Apple’s app. She then informed me that she was not happy with that one because whenever she created an event it would disappear! This greatly surprised me because I have never ever had THAT happen. After thinking about it for a moment I came up with the reason. She simply had her default calendar set to something weird! You really must set up calendars for yourself! I have a Work, Home, Personal, Band Performances and one for my kids. So we dug into the Settings app on her phone and sure enough… her default calendar was US Holidays! Since this was a read only calendar the Calendar App didn’t know where to store that event she was creating and it just disappeared! A few clicks later and she was in business!
BONUS – We also then set her calendar up to automatically sync to her husbands iPhone! To do this we simply took a look at her list of calendars, tapped the little blue arrow and sent an email invitation to her husband to join her calendar. Easy as could be. Now either one of them can edit that calendar and they will both see the changes! Of course the funny moment in this story came when we discovered that she never ever emails her husband – she did not even have his email in his contact! EMAIL IS BECOMING NON-RELEVANT!
WISH LIST FOR APPLE
Now if only Apple would allow us to publish our calendars on the web again! This used to be so very easy, then iCloud came out and they took it away! Then us teachers could easily share a classroom calendar on our websites as easy as we setup the sharing of that calendar mentioned earlier!