Lesser Known Tools Residing in GMAIL…

If you ask a teacher or student which G Suite for Edu tool they use most often I bet the response would be “GMAIL”.  They probably feel pretty confident about their mastery of composing and sending an Email. Some might even say they are ninja’s or Guru’s when it comes to using GMAIL. But are they really more than proficient users? Most people only really use the very basics of sending and receiving email.

I created the following GMAIL Learning Square to support colleagues, friends and students with learning about some of the hidden treasures residing within GMAIL.

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Click here to Open the Learning Square

    • Useful for Support ELL Students and their families
    • Supports Connecting Globally with Classroom from other countries
    • May be integrated into a foreign language or social studies unit
    • Similar to a Folder or Cabinet for storing Email
    • Supports proficient Email Search
    • Helps students organize important messages
    • Automates EMAIL Filing process
    • Timesaver for organizing Email
    • Basis for an efficient Email search
    • Provides set amount of time to undo a sent Email
      • This is for those with a “Trigger Happy Finger”
    • Eliminates having typing individual Emails
    • May use in to share Google Drive Files
    • Timesaver enter one name versus multiple Email addresses
    • May use to sign up to different educational websites
    • Makes it easy to filter the incoming mail from “Free Sites”
    • Use to create a “Help Desk” specific Email address
    • Timesaver by providing a template for common responses
    • Use to correspond with parents or students
      • Create set answers to questions about:
        • Field trips
        • Special Project Assignments
        • Classroom Events
    • Allows the user with limited internet access to compose Email
    • Email may be read and organized off-line
    • Changes sync and update once connected to the internet
    • Correspond with ELL students
    • Supports correspondence with non-english speaking guardians
    • May be used in a foreign language class or other content area

One beauty of using G Suite tools is the hidden helpful extra features. These extra features or tools often add a powerful punch to the usability. So the next time you open a Google APP click around and see what you can discover.


Collaboration Leads to Innovation

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I recently witnessed how communication and collaboration skills support both creative and critical thinking along with innovation. After spending a week at Sloan Kettering in NYC due to a family members cancer journey. During the week I noticed not one doctor made a decision without consulting a team of experts. I saw true collaboration and experienced the positive effects which develops from such teamwork. More than ever I understand why this cancer research center has one of the best reputations for providing innovative therapies and medicines.

The experience was a good example of how collaboration and communication naturally supports both creative and critical thinking. It is these very skills which lead to the development of innovation. I immediately connected this experience with the the 4C’s of learning. Now with greater reasons when integrating educational technology the skills are valued more than ever by me.

One of the reasons I’m passionate about integrating G Suite for Education products is due to the variety of tools they offer for strengthening and exploring the 4C’s. It is my belief the 4C’s are important skills to nurture when guiding students onto a pathway for both academic and future professional success!

Translate w/Ease TY @Google

We live in a global society where people are collaborating and conversing more than ever. Thanks to the “Internet World of Things” people may find themselves communicating with colleagues, relatives or friends located in a foreign country speaking  a foreign language. In our modern society it is becoming commonplace to use various translating methods to effectively communicate with someone who speaks a different language. Through both machine intelligence and various tools Google is helping to minimalize the language barrier.

In schools this may be an extremely helpful tool for multiple community stakeholders. Bilingual communication is one of those areas which should no longer enable teachers, parents or students. There is no reason why a language barrier exists when using email as a correspondence tool. Gmail makes it very easy to translate an email from a foreign language into the everyday language used by the user. Google Docs also offers a translate tool! One special feature I like about the docs tool is when it converts the document to a language of choice it makes a copy of the original document. This provides the user with both a copy in their native language and the foreign one for their records.

Of course if you don’t have either one of the aforementioned tools “No need to worry” as long as there is an Internet connection. One may copy and paste the information into the Google Translate website to convert the text to a different language.  The Google Translate Website even makes it easy for the user to copy the text. An extra bonus is one may listen to the text in both their native language & the foreign one too! I’m thankful for these tools which strengthen our ability to communicate globally.

Translate using GMAIL

  1. Open GMAIL Inbox
  2. Select the Foreign Language email
  3. Click Drop down Arrow (upper right corner across from user name)
  4. Select Translate Message
  5. May need to Select Language
    • Click Dropdown Arrow Next to “Detect Language”
    • Select Language
  6. Boom Email is Translated!

Gmail Translate

Translate using Google Doc

  1. Open Google Doc
  2. Create a New Doc, Click Blue +
  3. Give Doc a Title
  4. Click Doc to Start Typing Content
  5. Select Tools
  6. Click Translate Document
  7. Choose a Language
  8. Click Blue Translate Button

Docs Translate

NOTE: A new document will open with the language translation

Using Google Translate Website

  1. Type “Google Translate” in Chrome Omnibox (search window) or use the following link: https://translate.google.com/
  2. Type or paste text into first text box
  3. Choose a Language in the Second Text Box
    • Click drop down arrow next to Spanish
    • Select language
  4. Click Blue Translate Button
  5. Copy Text to Paste into another program
  6. Or Click Speaker to Listen (may support speaking face to face)