How To Control Reply-All Emails When Sending To An Email Group

We all love to share good news with everyone in our community, but sometimes, the reply emails from many people in everyone’s inboxes creates more noise than is necessary. There is a way to control the reply emails that are generated when you use a group email address to send out a message. You can use the Bcc, or Blind carbon copy (in some places it is called blind courtesy copy) option when sending emails to a large email group.  This allows the only the sender of a message to receive all replies to the original email message. This post isn’t to keep you from sending emails throughout the community, it is to make you more mindful of what you are sending and what impact reply-all emails can have on someone else’s inbox. In addition to email, be aware that we have a Google+ Community that is a good place to share information.

How to use the Bcc: when composing an email

When you begin to compose an email to an email group, the Bcc option will show up on the right side of the compose box.

Select Bcc in the compose box
Select Bcc in the compose box

Chose that link and and a new box will appear where you type in the email addresses you are sending the message to.

Type the addresses you want to send your message to
Type the addresses you want to send your message to

 

How To Change The Default Font Of Google Docs

A little known feature allows you to switch the default styling of your Google Docs, so you can customize your experience. This will save you time from constantly having to restyle your Docs or choose a new font when you start.

To change the default style of your Google Docs:

  1. Highlight a portion of your text that you would like to change to the new style
  2. In the menu bar, click on the drop-down next to Arial and choose your font
  3. In the menu bar, click on the drop-down next to Normal text and click the arrow next to Normal Text
  4. Click Update ‘Normal text’ to match
  5. Highlight the rest of your text, click on the drop-down next to Normal text, click the arrow next to Normal Text and select Apply ‘Normal text’

To save this font as default for your account:

  1. Click Format, Paragraph styles and then the Options gear at the bottom of the list
  2. Click save as my default styles

 

Add Events To Google Calendar From Gmail

If you do a lot of scheduling over email, it’s now a little bit easier to create events directly from your Gmail. Starting today, dates and times within emails are lightly underlined: click them to schedule that conference call or lunch date without ever leaving Gmail. If you do a lot of scheduling over email, it’s now a little bit easier to create events directly from your Gmail. Starting today, dates and times within emails are lightly underlined: click them to schedule that conference call or lunch date without ever leaving Gmail.

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When you click on one of these underlined dates, you’ll be able to preview your schedule for the day and change the title, date or time of the event. Clicking “Add to Calendar” will do exactly that — add the event to your calendar, and for extra convenience, the calendar event will include a link back to the original email.

via: gmailblog.blogspot.com

Getting Started With Google+ Communities

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On Google+, you have the ability to manipulate your circles to control the groups of people you want to receive information and content from, but there’s no guarantee those  users will circle you to receive your updates.

This is where Google+ Communities come in, Google’s version of a group or forum, built to bring people together around particular topics. Launched in December, the types of Communities available to the Google+ audience seem endless — ranging from scienceanimalsdevelopment and more.

Communities are places where users can share specific questions, comments or content relating to a particular topic with other users who are just as interested in the conversation. For example, if you’re a member of a cooking community, it’s likely each post will contain something related to food. And if there is a user who is posting content unrelated to the chosen topic, a moderator could step in and police that person.

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Ideas For Using Google+ Hangouts In the Classroom

Google_Hangout_Logo_128x128Google is trying to revolutionize the online social world, and it might just succeed. One of the features built into the network is something called “Hangouts”. We want to share a few thoughts on how we think Hangouts might be beneficial  in your classroom.

A Hangout is, essentially, a video chat room for up 10 people. When starting your hangout you can choose your different circles of friends or colleagues to hangout with. It then opens the room and allows anyone from your selected circles to join in the hangout, up to 10 people at once. As long as there are 2 people in the hangout, it will remain open. In other words it isn’t hosted or owned by the creator, which allows the conversation to move and evolve in a real fashion and less constrained by the tool. Although video chatting isn’t new, this concept of a hangout is a giant leap forward.

At Friends’ Central, we have not enabled Google+ for students yet so if you want to try using Hangouts with your students, they would have to have set up personal Google+ accounts. In the future, students may have the ability to use Google+ with their FCS Google accounts.

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Let’s Hangout Sometime

Google_Hangout_Logo_128x128How to Hangout in Google+

From the very beginning, Hangouts have been one of the most popular and most useful features of Google+. Aside from being a free and easy way to do group video chat with up to ten people, Hangouts also offer a platform for collaboration and a broadcasting tool through Hangouts On Air. If you have used Skype before, then Hangouts are an even easier way to video conference with someone. Here’s your complete guide on how to do all that, and more!

Starting a Hangout

As Google+ is integrated deeper and deeper into Google products, so are Hangouts, making for a variety of ways to start and join hangouts. All of them work similarly, so which one you use depends on what is the most convenient for you.
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