A Google calendar is a very useful tool for not only keeping track of dates and schedules, but for sharing this information with others. You can give permission for others to access and view your calendar from their own computer, or you can give them permission to access and add dates to the calendar as well. The best part is that you can quite easily embed the calendar in your own Web site, and it's all free. Here's how to get started:
- Start your own Google calendar by going to google.com. At the top left of the screen, you will see a list that includes "images," "videos," "maps," and other tabs. Click on the tab, "more," and a drop-down menu will show a list of tools, including "calendar." If you do not already have a Google account set up, it will instruct you to create a login (your e-mail) and password. Each time you navigate to your calendar, you may be asked for this login/password.
- Look to the left of your screen again, and see the window titled "My Calendar," then click on "create." Fill in as much of this information as possible. Naming and describing your calendar will be important later on, especially, if you choose to create additional calendars for other purposes. For instance, if you are a teacher, you may want to create a calendar for your Algebra class, and another for your Geometry class.
- After you click on "Create Calendar" at the bottom, you will see your new calendar pop up, and you can begin inputting appointments and events on your calendar. First, choose how you want to view your calendar: Day, Week, Month, Four Days. If you choose month, you will see a grid that shows the current month. Click on the arrows at the upper left of the calendar to navigate forward and backward to other months in the year.
- To enter an appointment or event on your calendar, simply click on that date. A box will pop up and allow you to type in the name of the event, such as "doctor appointment." In this box, you can also click on "add more details," to make this a recurring event, to add specific time and place information, and other notes. You can also choose whether or not you want this "event" on your calendar to be viewable by others.
Once you've done this, you will want to explore other features of the Google calendar as well.