For a long time, I have been trying to move away from a paper planner to a digital calendar. I tried to go digital and rely on the calendar on my phone, but the task proved impossible. With multiple calendar accounts from a variety of platforms, I found myself unable to put all of my appointments in one place without manually entering each event. I begrudgingly bought a paper planner, but then I found myself forgetting it at home or at school and running into the same problems. Clearly, my scheduling problem was still not over.
While researching resources for teachers, I stumbled upon an app called Sunrise. I decided to download the app to see if it could potentially solve my problems. Not only was I pleased with the features, I am still constantly amazed by its power. I was able to add iCloud calendars, Google calendars from three different accounts, Microsoft Exchange calendar, Asana task list, Evernote task list, Todoist tasks, and events from Eventbrite. I can access my calendar from a web browser, my iPhone, or my iPad - and it will stay synced in real time, as long as I have Internet access. There is also a Chrome extension available. While I have only been using the app for the past few weeks, I have been incredibly impressed by how organized I feel and how confident I am when scheduling events. I strongly recommend it as a tool for any tech-junkie looking to take their planner digital!
Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.