A feature in Gmail that is super neat is Google Chat, GChat for short. Usually people just send a conversation through email, back and forth, back and forth. With GChat, you IM (Instant Message) instead. For those of us that remember, it's like AIM or MSN Messenger. Lol!
GChat has some features you need to know about:
Be careful you don't spend your day chatting instead of working. Sometimes it is easy to get sucked into chatting. I find it helpful for asking a quick question of a co-worker, communicating with the office (ask if your secretary has it enabled and wants you to use it - they may prefer email), and it is a good way to reach me as well!
Check out the video I made to create distribution lists in Gmail. I found that some I had in GroupWise (mainly those that used people within our domain) transferred over. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask!
As we start our switch to Gmail for our email accounts here at Hallsville, I know there will be many questions and concerns. I am going to start first with all the BENEFITS of Gmail.
Benefits of Gmail
1. Access it from anywhere - phone, tablet, computer, home, school, field trips This means you can connect it to your Gmail app if you wanted to do that. You can switch back and forth between a personal one and your work one.
2. Allows you more options in Google Apps for Education You can create groups, name them, and email to just those groups.
3. Emails from Google Classroom can now go through! Yes, now when you leave a comment on a paper, students will receive the email. They can also use the link to email you now, too.
4. SAFE for students They can only send and receive emails from those with the @hallsville.org domain at this address.
I am attaching a link to the Google Gmail training site. This is the best place to start. Then if you realize you need additional help from there, either Google it (haha) or email me! I will be more than happy to help you! Also, I am sending you to the introduction page, on the left you will see "Basics" and "Advanced". Use those as needed!
*Quick note: I learned when using this before: There is a chat feature that only staff has (students should not). If you send a chat message to teachers during class time, that message pops up on the screen. Meaning, if the SB is on, students will see it. Always send a nice, generic message to start the convo!
*Also, this site is GREAT for any training you may need on a Google feature like Maps, Calendar, etc.
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom