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Thursday, January 03, 2013

After covering everything that Google Search has to offer, you can easily forget that search only forms one small part of the Google behemoth. With so many different features and clients available, it’s very easy to use the basic features for each and leave it at that.However, if you delve a little deeper, there are many tricks hidden away that will help improve your experience. To help you out, here are a number of tips...

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Friday, December 07, 2012

Gmail – email from Google Google, Inc. Genre: Productivity Release Date: November 2, 2011 Get the official Gmail app for your iPhone or iPad. The newly redesigned app brings the best of Gmail with real-time notifications, multiple account support and search across your entire inbox. With the Gmail app, you can:● Switch between up to 5 accounts ● Get notified of new mail fast, with notification center, badge and lock screen options● Search through all your mail quickly – now with...

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Eric Hammer

English and History/Social Studies teacher at New York City public schools, Yeshiva Tifereth Yisroel, Yeshiva of Queens

Saturday, November 03, 2012

As a teacher, I created a special Google Mail account to use with my students. This allowed me to offer them something truly invaluable. First and foremost, my students could submit their work to me electronically. This meant that they didn't need to print it out and didn't need to worry about forgetting it at home (no more of "the dog ate my homework" either). I also appreciated it for the simple reason that when the kids submitted on GMail, I didn't need to worry about unreadable fonts or worse, unreadable handwriting. If the font looked funny, I just popped the thing into my word processor, selected the whole thing and changed it to standard Arial.

In addition to this, having this tool allowed me to tell my students they could contact me with whatever questions they wanted to ask me. If something wasn't clear, if they weren't sure which piece of homework they missed, if they simply didn't understand something and wanted extra help, they could always contact me.

Now I know that pretty much any e-mail service will do the same job, but the nice thing about GMail is that the massive amount of storage and excellent search capability meant that I didn't need to store my student's work on my home computer. I could simply call it up from the cloud and reference it whenever I needed it. This meant at a parent teacher conference, I wasn't stuck lugging around 120 book reports. Instead, I just took out my netbook, popped up a student's work on Gmail and then showed it to the parents in order to discuss it with them.

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