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As educators, we live a very busy life.  As you use your Google calendar, please know you can set default reminders for any event you create!  You can even get reminders sent to your phone via text message.  Let's get started.

Go to your Google calendar and click your gear in the top right corner and choose Settings.

Using your blue links across the top, choose Calendars then reminders and notifications.

Once in the Reminders and notifications section, you'll probably see default reminders already set for you.
If you have Popups as an option, please note that only works in Google Chrome, and we use Firefox and Explorer in our schools.  You can click remove below a reminder to get rid of a reminder, and you can use the drop down menu to switch between Email, Popup, and SMS reminders.  Use the second drop down menu to choose when you will be reminded: minutes, hours, days, or weeks before the event.  Make sure to Save changes at the bottom!

Speaking of SMS (Short Messaging Service also known as text messaging) reminders, that is what you choose to have reminders sent to your phone. Yes, standard messaging rates still apply.  :)  But first, you must enable that option.

Here's how you do it:

Go back to your calendar, click the gear in the top right corner, and choose Settings. Now choose Mobile Setup at the top.  Enter your cell phone number and follow the verification code prompts.  Make sure to Save changes at the bottom!

After you have enabled your Mobile Setup, you can choose SMS reminders (directions above)!  Remember, after you do this, you have to set the default reminder to SMS in your calendar settings.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday's Google Tidbit: Calendar Notification Reminders

As educators, we live a very busy life.  As you use your Google calendar, please know you can set default reminders for any event you create!  You can even get reminders sent to your phone via text message.  Let's get started.

Go to your Google calendar and click your gear in the top right corner and choose Settings.

Using your blue links across the top, choose Calendars then reminders and notifications.

Once in the Reminders and notifications section, you'll probably see default reminders already set for you.
If you have Popups as an option, please note that only works in Google Chrome, and we use Firefox and Explorer in our schools.  You can click remove below a reminder to get rid of a reminder, and you can use the drop down menu to switch between Email, Popup, and SMS reminders.  Use the second drop down menu to choose when you will be reminded: minutes, hours, days, or weeks before the event.  Make sure to Save changes at the bottom!

Speaking of SMS (Short Messaging Service also known as text messaging) reminders, that is what you choose to have reminders sent to your phone. Yes, standard messaging rates still apply.  :)  But first, you must enable that option.

Here's how you do it:

Go back to your calendar, click the gear in the top right corner, and choose Settings. Now choose Mobile Setup at the top.  Enter your cell phone number and follow the verification code prompts.  Make sure to Save changes at the bottom!

After you have enabled your Mobile Setup, you can choose SMS reminders (directions above)!  Remember, after you do this, you have to set the default reminder to SMS in your calendar settings.

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