In this lesson, you will learn the fundamentals of email, electronic mail. Email is a computer based method of sending messages from one computer user to another. These messages usually consist of individual pieces of text which you can send to another computer user even if the other user is not logged in at the time you send your message. The message can then be read at a later time.

All email systems have the ability to send, receive and discard mail. Most systems have facilities for storing mail which is to be kept rather than discarded. lt is important to discard mail which does not need to be kept. Mailboxes can soon accumulate a large number of mail messages making it difficult to read and process new mail.

You will have a designated email account in which you may use while enrolled in this class. However, you may not use approved email accounts such as hotmail or yahoo. When you receive your email address, you will logon to the following address:

When you logon to the Gaggle account, you will simply enter your name and password to access your account. The first thing you will see is your Inbox screen. This screen shows all of your mail folders and the contents of each folder. Clicking on one of the messages will bring up the selected email to read.
After reading the message, you can write a reply, view the next message or start a whole new message. Gaggle has many features built right in. There is an address book for storing friends email addresses and you can send and receive attachments. Gaggle also has features such as a place to blog and read from the message board. You may use these in the future, but not today.

Gaggle has features built in for your teacher too. If you choose to use inappropriate language or send inappropriate files your teacher will receive a notice. Also, your teacher may read all incoming and outgoing messages for every student. Keep this in mind throughout this course.
Here is an example of your gaggle email screen:

On the left column of the screen above, there are folders and user tools. You will want to create a folder called Assignments so that you may store your work in case you need it at a later date. Also, you will want to create a folder called Fridays for special assignments.
Notice that you have an address book and a directory for storing friend or teacher addresses. You will want to save addresses here so that you may pull them up at home or in the library if you are not in this classroom.
Open your email account and send your teacher a list of 10 things that you learned in Lesson 1, Basic Technology. If you have any questions, please ask your teacher for assistance.