Google Calendar: New and Improved

Google has listened to feedback from customers over the years and implemented some refreshing updates to our beloved Google calendars.

  • Need to book a room for a meeting? New features allow G Suite admins to put more information about meeting spaces into the calendar such as where the space is, if it has tech and audio equipment, how large the room is, and if it is wheelchair accessible.
  • In addition to this added information, event invites can now include spreadsheets and documents that can be opened directly from the “Event Detail” view. This way, you can have all of the materials in one place for your meeting that all participants can access. 

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  • You can now view multiple calendars alongside one another in “Day” view. This allows those of us who manage several calendars to create meetings more efficiently for our teams. When you select “Day” view from the dropdown menu on the right hand side, you can then select individual calendars to compare them side by side to see each person’s availability for that specific day.

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  • Add new events quicker by clicking a blank space in the calendar. A screen will pop up for you to enter in the title of the event, the time, and which event the calendar belongs in. If you want to put more information such as add or edit guests, simply select “More Options”. You can also click the red circle at the bottom, right hand corner of the calendar to create events.

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  • View your calendar in different ways! You can choose to:
    • Hide your weekends
    • See your year at a glance
    • View the specific day (where you can compare different people’s calendars)
  • Your invitation status for events also got a facelift. If you have accepted an event, it will be all in one color. If you have selected “maybe” for an event, there will be diagonal lines across it. If you have not yet replied to the event, the event will just be an empty box that is outlined. Finally, if you have declined an event, it will be outlined and crossed out.

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These are just some of the main features of the new Google calendar. To learn more details, check out Google’s post about their update!

Let us know what you think about the changes and, most importantly, happy scheduling!


Content Filtering 101!

Here at Beehively, we work with your school to help ensure your students are safe online. With the online world today’s students live in, it is important to filter their access to the web during school hours. Here is a summary of how Beehively can help your school filter inappropriate content.

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Did you know? You have multiple options to block inappropriate images and other content even when using a free device management system or older devices.

  • Encourage students to use a safe search engine such as KidzSearch. This type of search engine is highly filtered, preventing students from accidentally running across inappropriate content.
  • Enforce Login to Chrome browser and block access to other browsers. The Chrome browser allows administration to set safe search on student profiles and monitor student activity.
  • If your iPads are older and cannot run the latest operating systems, filtering content will be very difficult. The latest operating systems support more options for filtering and monitoring student usage.

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For additional options and features, you can expand filtering with paid filtering services.

  • At Beehively, we are constantly researching and adjusting our recommendations for paid content filtering to take advantage of the most complete and “safe” system.  We are always willing to work with schools on their individual needs. If you are interested in more information regarding additional paid filtering services, please let us know.
  • Like all solutions, content filtering is not a 100% fail-safe and cannot replace the diligence and support of teachers in the classroom. Some of these options do restrict content that your teachers may want to access.