Author: John Mansel-Pleydell (page 1 of 4)

Curating Content Part 4: Gmail and SPAM filtering

Last time we looked at the ART of Gmail and learned how to Archive – Respond – ToDo. Now we are going to dig a little deeper and see how to further refine the system to make Gmail work smarter for us.

Our first ninja trick is to have our messages automatically labeled for us. We talked briefly about labels when discussing Archiving. A label is attached to a message and groups them together. What is the difference between a label and folder? A message can only be in one folder whereas a message can have more than one label. read more

Curating Content Part 3: The ART of Gmail

In the first in our series, we looked at Curating Bookmarks. In the next installment, the focus was on Google Drive. This week we look at curation of email and how we can unclutter our digital inboxes and stay on top of our email.

Like it or hate it, email is a daily chore for anyone in education.

Gone are the days when we would enjoy the occasional email from fellow educators and enjoyed a SPAM-free existence.

SPAM accounts for almost 50% of email worldwide. That’s right almost half the email sent in the world is SPAM. We block this before it arrives in your email so you never see most of it. read more

Don’t accept any friend requests from me…

If you are like me then your Facebook feed and perhaps Facebook messenger (if you use it) has been jammed with messages from people like this one.

In short, these folks have not been hacked. They are the victim of the modern day version of the chain letter. The objective seems to be to get everyone all worked up that they have been hacked and generate a bunch of traffic on your social media feeds.

If someone does guess your password and can get into your account. That’s a pretty serious thing and you should log in and change your password as soon as possible. read more

Curating Content Part 2: Google Drive

This is the second in a series of articles on Curating your Digital Life. In the first article we looked at curation of bookmarks.

If you are like me, your Google Drive started out with a few documents but much like its older cousin (The My Documents folder in Windows) a lot of stuff has been dumped in there and it is really in need of some organization. Fortunately, Google has provided us with the means of organizing Google Drive so that we can make our lives a bit easier.

The first of these is the star feature. Starred documents appear in the Starred section in the sidebar of Google Drive. read more

Curating Content Part 1 – Bookmarks

First a word about curation and why it’s so important. All teachers should have a good understanding of curation of content such as lesson plans, emails, videos, pictures, music and our documents and files. We are exposed to so much media in the average day and unless we apply some organization to it, many valuable resources are lost and forgotten. This series of tech tips articles will look at how we can become better content curators.

Bookmarks, Favorites call them what you will, we all use them every day to try and make finding things easier in the future. Hiding at the top of your browser window is the browser bookmarks bar which can be used and transformed into a digital bookmark curation center. read more

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