Several teacher bloggers and I have joined up to provide a Google Teacher Training Bootcamp to bring you the latest and greatest tips from Google. I don’t know about you, but I feel that there is so much un-tapped potential out there when it comes to technology. In fact, even though I thought I knew a lot about Gmail (after all, I have had my Gmail account since the time you had to have invitations in order to get one), but after going through the training videos and information, I realized just how little I knew and how much easier my life could be if I put some of these ideas into place! So, of course, I wanted to share some of those ideas with you! Our Bootcamp Group is doing a linky, so you can move through our pages to learn about all of the wonderful features!
I’m going to talk about Gmail’s Lab feature. This is AWESOME!! With Google Labs, you get to try out features that may or may not become “default” in the future. While that may mean there are some “kinks” that still need to be worked out, it also means you get to try out things before most other people. That is something I absolutely LOVE to do!
First of all, to get to Labs, you need to go to settings (the gear button).
Some of my favorite Labs right now are:
Canned Responses–Do you send the same email out, many times? If so, you may benefit from this lab. By using the Canned Response lab, you can in essence save that message and be able to send it quickly in the future. When I saw this feature, I thought about how nice that would be to have ready to send to parents who need any of the access information (your website, the math textbook online, online book orders, today’s homework, etc.). You could have a “canned response” with all of that information and have it sent back to the parent as soon as they email you about it, without spending the time to type it all out….AGAIN!!!
Google Calendar gadget–This simple gadget allows your Google Calendar to be able viewed on your email homepage so you don’t have to click back and forth.
Undo Send–Have you ever sent and email just a second too soon? Or, forgot an attachment? This app allows you to undo your sent email right away.
There are many others to check out too. So many things that are easy and quick to implement! I have already started using several of them and I am so excited to learn more about it. Let me know what you have tried out and liked!
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Until next time,