Today in computing you are starting to use e-mail. We have just had a system put in place for pupils, Google Education.
Click on Gmail or Sign in button.
Sometimes someone else’s name may appear so you need to press on Sign in with a different account.
You need to type in your e-mail address carefully, spelling it correctly – Firstname.email@example.com – It is on your sticker in blue. It doesn’t matter if you use capitals letters or not.
Then press next. If it doesn’t recognise your name check that you have put in the full stops and no spaces.
Then enter your password – it is red on your sticker. Passwords are case sensitive so if you have a capital letter make sure you press shift to make a capital!
If you make a few mistakes the computer might want to check you are a person by making you key in some different letters into a box. Computers can’t do this yet!
It might take a minute or two to load up. Sometimes it will ask you what city you normally access your e-mail from – it isn’t a trick question it is Coventry.
When loaded you will see 3 messages waiting for you. Now you can write a message to a friend in the class – the proper way to write an e-mail message is to COMPOSE it. The button is big and red!
If you type in the To (or recipient) box slowly your friend’s name it will list up their email address – which saves you having to remember it! Click on the person you want to send it to.
Subject gives the read a quick idea of what the message is about. A bit like the heading on a non fiction text.
Then you can write the main message below.
Mr C’s Top Tips
- CAPITALS LETTERS MEANS YOU ARE SHOUTING – so use them carefully.
- When you type it may not always be read they way you expected it to – it is easy to be rude by accident – Proof reading is critical.
- Punctuation does help the recipient to understand what you meant.
- Write for your audience – How you write to your BFF will be different to writing to Mr Connolly – it may be lol 2 rite txt spk 2 him but will he no wat u mean?
When you have sent your messages and at the end of the lesson MAKE SURE YOU LOG OUT! Yes, I did shout that. it is really important that you keep your account secure so never remember passwords on a public / school computer and never leave them log in when someone else might send a message from you!
Ohhh and yes your e-mail will work at home so you can send messages to your friends at home but remember how you speak to them – and don’t alter your profile picture or set a signature just yet (That will be next week’s lesson) and I am sure we will think about some internet safety at the same time.
Enjoy sending messages!