Avery tech-sawy and competent, organized person arrived at a meeting 2 hours late; an administrator sent out a message about a very interesting learning opportunity with a subject heading designating a longpast event; another person emailed a message with an ambiguous subject heading announcing an event that sounded like a scam. No real harm was done, but there was unnecessary confusion. * Save yourself time by setting up groups and bulk mailing. * Don't unnecessarily use attachments for information that can just as effectively be sent in the body of an email.
THE MEDIA CENTER by Mary Alice Anderson Lead Media Specialist Winona Area Public Schools Winona, Minnesota You’ve Got (Too Much) Mail MUCH has changed since we I have four accounts: one for my enjoyed the 1998 romantic comedy district job, one personal, and two You’ve Got Mail starring Tom Hanks for online teaching work at two uni- and Meg Ryan. Falling in love over versities. I love and use them all. If We’ve all got the web is no longer unique. We no I don’t heed my own advice, email I longer race to our computers if “mail send may be unwanted. What’s a call” rings or Eudora chimes. Edu- busy educator to do? A few tips, too much email. cators have stopped discussing along with a few illustrative anec- whether or not to give students dotes, follow. email accounts on the district web- Without careful site; we now assume they have their SUGGESTIONS FOR RECIPIENTS own. It’s no longer, “Do you have an ■ Treat email as you would email?” It’s now, “Which account much of the paper mail you management, we should I use when I write to you?” receive. Reply immediately, We’ve all got too much email. With- toss it, or set it aside to deal out careful management, we can with later. find ourselves confused and spend- ■ Reply, even if it’s just to reply can find ourselves ing too much time sorting it all out. with “Done,” “Got it,” or “I A very tech-savvy and competent, received your message and organized person arrived at a meet- will get back to you shortly.” confused and ing 2 hours late; an administrator Almost all messages deserve a sent out a message about a very in- courteous acknowledgement. teresting learning opportunity with ■ Use the delete key when you spending too much a subject heading designating a long- know the message does not past event; another person emailed deserve a personal response a message with an ambiguous sub- or is truly just junk. At least ject heading announcing an event look at the subject heading so time sorting it that sounded like a scam. A distant you don’t miss something colle
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