Back in the day I was an early adopter of the Palm. I tried using it as a classroom teacher and it just didn’t work for me. Try putting a day’s worth of lesson plans in a Palm. Besides being too time consuming to enter (because what teacher ever sits?!?) I couldn’t read what was on the tiny screen. But it impressed my teacher friends to no end.
When I left the classroom and moved into a more administrative role and my school system adopted Outlook, I liked using my Outlook calendar. Since I readily admit that I am super Type A, I color coded project due dates, trainings I was conducting, and meetings with teachers in schools. I loved being able to accept, decline, and change meetings and view calendars of my colleagues to schedule time to plan. The only problem was that work and home had to be kept separate. I didn’t want that person who let the whole office to know of her bikini wax just because of shared permissions. Seriously. It happened. And no, it wasn’t me.
So I’ve always kept a paper calendar. Always spiral bound and just slightly larger than half a sheet of paper.
Now along comes Jooners. Jooners is a new online calendar site that claims to “help make planning and coordination easier.” Of course the tech savvy mama in me was immediately curious but the other part of me was skeptical so I created an account to check it out.
Jooners’ various online planners encompass features of Outlook that I like including a list feature and being able to recognize all of your contacts. When you set up an account you can seamlessly add them to your account from your e-mail. Type A me loves that I can still color code. I could assign a color for work, for each family member, personal stuff, and volunteer tasks at my kids’ school. You can also elect to share your calendar just like in Outlook. And since I’m between work and home these days, I could theoretically keep one calendar for both on Jooners.
With more features to come, Jooners has certainly made me wonder if I could go back to an online calendar. The real question is will I really use it? Do I seriously have time to log on to my Jooners account while teaching and plug in the many things going on in my school that are already part of my Outlook? Or do I stick to my tried and true paper calendar?
I’m not sure yet but am willing to give it a try. Give me a couple months and I’ll let you know if I stuck with the paper and pencil or went with Jooners!
What about you? Are you a paper calendar or an online calendar person? How do you keep your family calendar straight now that school is starting again?
This blog post is original to Tech Savvy Mama and may not be reposted without permission.
Thanks for reading Tech Savvy Mama through your feed!
Original post by Tech Savvy Mama