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The easiest way to get Google Calendar Events to Twitter

I have blogged before about how to send a Google Calendar Event Reminder to Twitter, but the process has changed.  So, I recently did an update, but the process had a bunch of confusing steps and hoops to jump through.  Now I am going to show you the easiest way to tweet out those events from Google Calendar.

You will need a few things to get started.  A Gmail account (personal or through a Google Apps Domain), A Google Calendar, A Twitter account, and last an account with ifttt.com. I would recommend creating a new Gmail, Google Calendar and Twitter account for this process.  I wouldn’t want you to be tweeting out a reminder for your next doctor’s appointment.

First, to get the process started, we need to set up your Google Calendar.  Go into your calendar notifications settings and set the default reminder for an email.  Choose a good amount of time you would like to have the reminder email before the event.  For our school calendar events; I use 2 days, for our cafeteria menu; I use 23 hours.

Your Gmail account will just be a pathway, there is nothing to set up, not even a forwarding email.

Next, we head on over to http://ifttt.com

ifttt.com is the glue that makes this such a straight forward and simple process. To skip the how to and just get started, just use my published recipe to get your events tweeting right away.

http://ifttt.com/recipes/2797 (you will still have to verify the connections to your account from ifttt.com)

If you would like to see the simple set up, just follow these steps.

1 – Create a new task.

2 – Select Gmail.

3 – Choose the “New email from” trigger.

4 – Add the email address from the Google Calendar Reminders and create the trigger.

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5 – Set up Twitter as the action channel.

6 – Choose the “Post a new tweet” action.

7 – Use the default action field {{Subject}} and create the action.

8 – Create the task.

Now add your events to your calendar and get tweeting.

Those of you with Facebook pages can even do this, here is my recipe for Google Calendar to Facebook pages. http://ifttt.com/recipes/2801

Danny Silva

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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Google Calendar, How To, Teaching

 

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Google Calendar to Twitter – update

In the post “Google Calendar to Twitter – How to get the most out of Google Calendar” I should you how to set up Google Calendar to post to Twitter.  This worked great at the time I set it up but with time comes updates and changes.  One of the biggest hurdles that I have been questioned about is Gmail’s new verification to forward an email.  There is also the change in TwitterMail being purchased by TwitterCounter.  To help with confusion, I prepared a short presentation with the steps to get you up and running. Be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions.

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2011 in Google Calendar, How To, Teaching

 

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Google Calendar: How to use a Google Group with GCal to set up birthday announcements

How would you like to post a Happy Birthday wish for people in your school or group on their birthday and allow everyone else to add to those wishes?

I have been doing this for a great group of educators (Google Certified Teachers) over the last year and a friend, Mark Allen, has inspired me to post about how to make it happen. He has also given me the great idea to automate it for use in schools.  Wouldn’t it be great to wish every student a Happy Birthday?

We will look at both methods, one more personal and no automation and the other with automation but with better consistency.

What you will need:

  1. Google Calendar
  2. Google Group
  3. Gmail
  4. Everyone’s birth date

The personal birthday connection.

  1. Have a Google Group set up (this can be an exsisting group) with everyone.  In Google Apps you could use a Google Apps Administrator Group or a Google Apps User-managed Group (A group that a user sets up if User-Managed Groups has been turned on by an Admin) .  If you are not using Google Apps you can use a Google Group.
  2. Create a new Calendar and Share it with the Group so the members can add their birthdays to the calendar.
  3. As a member’s birthday comes close. Post a message to the group to wish that person a Happy Birthday and to encourage others to do the same. (To make things easy on yourself, add a default email reminder to the birthday calendar two to three days in advance.  Then you will receive an email so you will not forget to post to the group.)

The automated birthday connection.

  1. See #1 above (This could be a group that will only allow announcements or it could be interactive)
  2. Create a new Calendar.  You can still have members add their birthdays to the calendar by sharing it, but since you will be automating the process it might be cleaner to use a CSV file to import all the birthdays into the Calendar. (Suggestion: make the “appointment” subject something like “Happy Birthday John Smith”
  3. Be sure to add a default email reminder to the birthday calendar. Because this will be automated you will need to decide if you want to send the birthday announcement on that day or two to three days in advance.
  4. To make this fully automated you will need to create a filter in Gmail to forward the Happy Birthday reminder to the Group email from #1.  You will need to use the advanced filters to make sure only the Happy Birthday messages get forwarded to the group.
  5. If you want to really publicize the birthdays you could use Google Calendar to Twitter to Tweet the birthday news to all of your followers.

Now get out there and wish everyone a Happy Birthday!!!

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2011 in Google Calendar, How To, Tech Tid Bit

 

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Five free screen capture / recording alternatives from the web for screencasts

In my last post, Camtasia, Jing & Snagit – Great tools for educators from TechSmith I talked about some great screen capture / recording tools from TechSmith.  I love these tools, but some of you may be saying you always talk about free, where are the free versions of these tools?

Here are five alternatives for screen capture / recording tools that you can use right from the web. No downloads needed (except for a java applet).

ScreenCastle is very easy to use. You don’t even need to register. Click the big red button, adjust the screen capture area and start recording.  You can use a microphone to add voiceovers.  When finished ScreenCastle gives you lots of options (see below). The disadvantages are you will not be able to go back later to watch the video if you don’t have the link because you do not have an account.  I would recommend saving the link and possibly downloading the video file.

  • Link to watch the video
  • HTML embed code
  • BBCode -Big
  • BBCode – Small
  • Direct link to the file
  • The Pure video ID
  • Address – Big  image
  • Address – Small image

ScreenToaster is also easy to use.  You can set up an account with ScreenToaster that will give you lots of options, including adding audio and a webcam. You can publish your videos on the ScreenToaster website, download your videos, embed them on your website, mail it, and even edit your video.  ScreenToaster is probabely the most advanced of the tools here.

Screencast-O-Matic is the next most robust tool but it also gives you the option to GoPro and pay for more features.  With Screencast-O-Matic you can create an account, which will give you the options to Record a 15 minute video; free hosting of your video; upload to Youtube HD; Export to MP4, AVI, & FLV (with watermark); and record from a web cam.

Screenjelly is again easy to start with a big red button similar to ScreenCastle.  Screenjelly will save your videos online with your account.  It is designed to instantly share your captures with a link, through an email, with a tweet, or through Facebook. Screenjelly will even give you the ability to put a screen capture button on your website and has a bookmarklet feature to let you quickly grab a screen capture from a website.  I have to admit, out of the five tools listed here, it is the only one I could not get to work with my Macbook.  I am not sure if it was user error or a problem with Screenjelly.

The last tool which is the simplest in nature is Screenr. Screenr allows you to choose the area to record, voiceover your recordings, and save the videos to your account.  The main idea behind Screenr is to provide “Instant screencasts for Twitter.”  You even authenticate your account through Twitter.

Happy Screencasting.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2010 in How To, Teaching, Tech Tid Bit

 

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How will the new Digg v4 change how we share information?

If you have never heard of Digg.com than you might not find this interesting, but if you are into sharing and finding new information then please, read on.  Digg.com is a place where the public decides what “news” ends up on the front page. I used to head to this website on a daily bases, sometimes multiple times per day to see what everyone was sharing.  That is, until Twitter came along.  Twitter allowed me to only follow the people that I wanted to follow and this allowed me to “filter” the information that was being provided.  Digg had all the content posted from anyone that wanted to share and of course, some of that was information that I was not interested in.  Now comes along the newest version of Digg.  Digg4 allows an individual to follow the people you want and you then have the choice to view just information shared and “Digged” by the people you follow or you can see Diggs from everyone.  This now brings what I loved about Digg and Twitter together.  The new version will also allow you to auto-submit content from a Blog or website that you own to Digg through an RSS feed.  Digg4 is in private beta at this time but you can sign up to get in early at http://digg.com/new.  If you get an invite and need someone to follow, I am iteachag on Digg and on Twitter.

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Posted by on July 13, 2010 in Tech Tid Bit

 

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“Greater Than Yourself” My PLN and the internet is helping me to accomplish the simple idea of “GTY”

I just finished reading a great book that a member of my PLN recommended (sorry I can’t remember who, let me know if it was you). The book “Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership” by Steve Farber is a quick read but could still have a profound affect on you.  I will not spoil it for you, but the idea is how you can give of yourself to help make others better and at the same time help yourself to continue growing.  There is an excellent part towards the front of the book that talks about social media and how it is increasing the idea of G.T.Y. (Greater Than Yourself).  It immediately made me think about how I have learned so much and have grown as an individual and an educator with the help of my PLN from places likeTwitter. Without my PLN I would not have been able to attend the Google Teacher Academy in Washington DC. I hope that because of my growth I have been able to give back to my PLN by posting information to Twitter and being a lead learner at places like the Google Teacher Academy in San Antonio.  I am hoping to further to the G.T.Y. mentality.  If you get a chance to check it out I hope it will inspire you as well and I hope to be able to grow with you through the interwebs.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2010 in Teaching

 

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Google Calendar to Twitter – How to get the most out of your Google Calendar

UPDATE 9/26/11: The easiest way to get Google Calendar Events to Twitter.

UPDATE 8/5/11: Check out the update for Google Calendar to Twitter. It just might help with that pesky GMail verification code for forwarding.

UPDATE 1/21/10: I have just received information from Anil Chawla @anilchawla, creator of TweetyMail a competitor to TwitterMail. I have not had a chance to check it out but it looks promising. (See Anil’s post below)

UPDATE 1/19/10: TwitterMail is now working again through TwitterCounter.com. Thanks Boris… see UPDATE from 12/3/09

UPDATE 12/3/09: If you have been experiencing problems with TwitterMail here is what has happened:  TwitterMail was purchased by TwitterCounter.com but according to TwitterCounter’s founder Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten “…it will be back soon.”  Please check out their website.  I hope that TwitterMail will come back stronger than before.  Here is a link that gives an alternative method with an extra step. (http://bit.ly/5LClRD)

When I created our new school website over the summer one of the goals I had was to communicate with our audience in as many ways as possible. We now have news articles on the home page and we have an embedded Google Calendar. I also set up a page for the daily bulletin in written and video form as well as an RSS feed from two of our school Twitter accounts (LGHSCalendar & LGHSCafe) on the bulletin page, one to tell you coming events and the other to tell you the cafeteria menu for the day.

Communication in many forms was the primary goal, however a secondary goal was ease of maintenance.  I did not want to personally tweet the cafeteria menu daily or the daily events.  Automation was the key, but how?  I decided the easiest solution was to find a way to send our daily reminders from our Google Calendar of school events and cafeteria schedule to Twitter.  How to do this was the problem.  I tried SMS-to-SMS and even RSS-to-SMS but could not get the accounts to talk to one another. The answer was TwitterMail.com.  With this free service I was able to have Google Calendar send out an email reminder of an event to TwitterMail, TwitterMail in return would then post that reminder as a Tweet on our Twitter accounts.  The only thing I need to do is keep the calendar up to date.  As an added bonus Twitter has an RSS feed for an account profile, meaning that I can use that feed with an RSS reader gadget to post it dynamically on our website.

Again, communication was my goal and I was able to accomplish a big portion with a couple of calendars that were created already. Using these existing calendars we now are able to communicate in many ways with our audience.

Several people have asked me how I was able to set this up.  I decided to create a screen capture of the process to help them out.

This is the step-by-step version with instructions.

This is a quick animoto version.

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2009 in How To, Teaching, Tech Tid Bit

 

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