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Alice Keeler

Teach Students How to Email

Teach Students How to Email

Teach Email

Who taught you how to use email professionally? We’ve all been victim to the colleague who thinks an email is a book, replies to all with “thanks,” or does not include a subject line. Considering how much email we send as a professional, this tool should not be something we overlook with our students.

With so many schools having Google Apps for Education (GAfE), many students have email. This gives us the opportunity to  use the tool as a platform for assignments. Ask students to craft an email to demonstrate their learning. Include requirements such as “Send an email to your group and the teacher using BCC” or “Write an email with a subject line that indicates what class you are in.”

CrowdSourced Email Tips


Add to the crowdsourced Google Slides presentation below to add your tips for using email. The slides can give you ideas for requirements to use in an email assignment.

2 thoughts on “Teach Students How to Email

  1. Alice, you hit one big nail on the head in your post. The problem of “no subject”. I teach this to third graders every year. Most of them do a great job with it. But, I agree that one does need to “teach” email. I also make sure to explain the difference between a text and an email. Rock On! Charlie

  2. It’s funny, I hear some teachers say we don’t need to teach email anymore because this generation doesn’t use it. However, the previous generation DOES. A lot! In order to function in our current world, this is still a very necessary skill. It is also quite transferrable. Most of what is on this slideshow would be relevant in the case of messaging, texting, or any other text-based communication. Thanks for starting this. I will be using!

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