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Norski Ninja: Week 7!

This week’s edition of the Norski Ninja is all about returns . . . return receipts, returning emails, and survey returns. Read on for ways to increase your Ninja skills or look back on our previous tips or there’s always our Go Google! page where we are storing all sorts of Google assistance for you.

  • Gmail Return Receipts: One of the first things we missed about Groupwise was the return receipt.  Open a new message and take a look under the “To” line. You should see Add Cc, Add Bcc, and Request Return Receipt. Click on that last link and check the box that will appear. It looks like this. (This feature is not available for our personal Gmail accounts.)
  • Recurring Calendar Events: If you have events that occur at regular intervals, you can schedule them pretty easily in Google Calendar.  When you click the Create button on your calendar, a new screen will open that lets you enter all the details for your event. Underneath the title, you’ll see a checkbox for Repeat . . . once you check that, you’ll see all sorts of choices for your recurring event: weekly, daily, monthly, etc.  Want to see the pictures? Take a look at this page for all of the calendar basics. Setting up a recurring meeting is a little more than halfway down the page.
  • GoogleDocs and Forms:Forms are one of my favorite parts of GoogleDocs and the (relatively) new semester might be a great time for a form/survey. Create a form to find out more about your students. Create a form to see which families can help out on your next field trip. Create a form to organize the next staff potluck or select a meeting time. Use a form to create a formative assessment. The possibilities are endless. The nice part about a form is that you don’t need to share any part of the document or the results. You can send people the web address for your survey without sharing the results.

We’d love to hear from you . . . how are you using any part of Google to do interesting things. Add a comment to this post and you could win the prize of your choice. I have to say that bug light is pretty neat.


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