Some events are meant to be shared! In a reservation block, Event Owners can choose which times to share then choose a way to share them: an iCal feed, a kiosk display on a web-connected monitor, and a widget embedded into a website.
On the left sidebar in any page, view the calendar with each block highlighted. Each page shows different information, so go to the event, room, or resource you'd like to share and select Share This Calendar.
A window will pop up with three options. As you click on each one, settings will change below.
An iCal feed allows calendar applications to display your chosen calendar. This link can be added to any of the major calendar applications, and it syncs within 30 minutes or less.
- Choose to show information that has already been approved, or is pending or rejected, depending on where you're putting the feed.
- Decide if rooms and resources need to be included in the information for the feed.
- Override the times that chose to be hidden in the Reservation blocks by checking the box.
- If you cannot use the iCal link, we have a Google Calendar option; however, Google Calendar often takes 5 hours to sync, so we don't recommend using it.
A kiosk is a live preview of what's currently reserved or will be reserved in the future, which are great for displaying on TVs, monitors, and even tablets. The kiosk updates every five minutes and reloads every day. Once an event ends, it's removed from view.
Choose which kiosk to launch it on your screen.
- The kiosk will show the name of your organization at the top.
- View the date as well as the current time.
- View the upcoming event, as well as the time and room reserved for the option you chose.
If you want to use your current monitor, choose log out. If not, copy the link and send it to the appropriate kiosk.
Kiosks will only show 100% approved events.
The iPad has built-in wifi, a crisp display, and a nice black bezel around the edge with no branding. There are a number of iPad kiosk stands that will prevent theft, provide power, and look great.
Add a TV as an additional display to a computer or mirror the display of a tablet or computer using an AppleTV or Chromecast.
Use one of these ways to set up your TV Kiosk:
- Set up the TV up as a display for a laptop or small computer wired or wirelessly using a wireless HDMI.
- Use a mini PC, a small computer that plugs into the HDMI port and is powered by USB. You won't have to have a dedicated iPad or computer for the TV, but you'll need a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to navigate the computer, set up the initial wifi connection, etc.
- Use an Apple TV and Apple's Airplay feature to mirror the display of a Mac or an iPad.
- Use a Google Chromecast device, which plugs into the back of your TV and is powered by USB. You'll need to add a browser extension to Chrome, and Chrome will recognize the Chromecast devices on your local network then you can select which Chromecast you'd like to broadcast your web browser tab to. Chromecast can only broadcast one device at a time.
A widget provides you with a snippet of HTML code to embed on your church's website. It will display a daily itinerary that your web visitors can select. They can view the time and room the event will be taking place for the day.