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Session 3: Chat,Picture,Signature

posted Apr 26, 2011, 4:55 PM by   [ updated Apr 26, 2011, 5:44 PM ]
Today we started our online identities.

Pictures, Signatures: Simply Said.

As we enter the online world, we begin to leave footprints of ourselves, bits and pieces that add to our personalities, connections, and dreams.

First we took pictures in Photo Booth, which is a fun experience. We added them to our gmail account so when we people see our profiles, a picture will appear. 

Next, we added a signature to our emails; signatures are the bits of information that readers of your email may need to know: Name, Email, School, Address, Phone, Websites.

We tweaked our signature through the "Labs" settings so it is placed at the top of the email where we reply. 

And we learned to think about what we write: Simply Said

It was a fun session, and participants learned that "I like that this mail settings and Google Chat is not as hard as I thought it would be."

A few questions were:

  • What do we do with the chats in our e-mail list.  Should we make a label for them?
    • In the left column of your gmail, Google has a label called "Chats" already created for you. The chats will show as part of your email, and you can click the "Chats" label to see all your chat conversation threads.
    • If you do not want the chats to show up in your inbox, go to Settings --> Labels. To the right of the label "Chats," click "hide" so it is in bold. Now your chats are hidden, but can be found if you scroll down your label list to "More," The "Chats" label is now listed there.
  • I wonder how in the world I'll remember all this I've learned.....
    • Just use your gmail. Review your settings once a week, just to refresh your memory. Nothing comes easy if we don't use it. Think of the options you never knew you had -- and it's all available and ready for you to try.
  • I wonder how long it will take to feel comfortable using all of these internet components?
    • Just use your gmail. Every day it gets easier. Soon, you will be the teacher-- Oh! You are!  You helped each other in class! 
    • Congratulations! You are now "digital immigrants" and if you keep using the tools -- you'll be a "digital pioneer." You students will respect you for it!
These are questions asked by everyone who steps onto a new path and a new journey; we are all there -- learning together. Thanks for taking the first steps.

One of you said, "We rocked today!" and we did ! Here's a visual of our reflections:

Thank you for your patience with me as I guide you; I'm still learning too!

I'll follow your footprints on the Internet beach !

Note: all our presentations, some videos, the Tip Sheets, and "Assignments" are here: Important Documents