In Veracross, you have the option to Email Parents or Email Students, which can be helpful when sending information to an entire class! You can find this feature in your class list, under the class name. Scroll over to Contact, and you will see the option to Email Parents and Email Students. Ideally, clicking one of those options will populate a new compose email from your FCS account in the Chrome browser, when you are signed in. If this isn’t happening, and something like Outlook or another program is opening, we have a simple solution for you! When in Chrome, open your FCS email. Look for the a diamond icon on the right hand side of the address bar. Click the icon, select “Use Gmail”, and then hit Done. Our’s may say “Use Friendscentral.org to open all email links”, so definitely click that! Selecting an email address will now open all new composing emails in your FCS gmail account.
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.
Chose that link and and a new box will appear where you type in the email addresses you are sending the message to.
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:
- Highlight a portion of your text that you would like to change to the new style
- In the menu bar, click on the drop-down next to Arial and choose your font
- In the menu bar, click on the drop-down next to Normal text and click the arrow next to Normal Text
- Click Update ‘Normal text’ to match
- 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:
- Click Format, Paragraph styles and then the Options gear at the bottom of the list
- Click save as my default styles
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.
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.
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 science, animals, development 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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Google 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.
Here are some ideas you could try to get started using Hangouts with your students. Continue reading