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Objective: Students will understand the basic functions of e-mail programs.

Instructions: Almost all of the e-mail programs do the same things - just in a slightly different way. In this lesson we will look at the basic functions most e-mail programs have in common.

These basic functions are:

  1. Reading the e-mail that is sent to you.
  2. Saving your e-mail to a file on your computer so that you can read it later.
  3. Printing out your e-mail so you can give a hard copy to someone.
  4. Replying to your e-mail letters.
  5. Writing brand-new e-mail letters to send.
  6. Attaching files, pictures, or other objects to the e-mail letters you are sending.
  7. Sending your completed e-mail messages on the Internet.
  8. Keeping an internet address book to make it easier to send e-mail messages to people you write a lot.

Demonstrate the use of your e-mail program to the students.

Task / Activity:

After you've shown your students how to use e-mail, ask them to do the following:

E-MAIL SURVEY (Shopping Basket): To get an idea of just how useful e-mail can be in a classroom to gather information have your students come up with a list of ten common foods they like and create a short e-mail survey designed to be used to compare prices. Send the survey via e-mail to a teacher you know on the Internet and ask that person's students to price each item and return the results via e-mail.

Next, they will pass it on to at least four other people. Ask each of those four people to e-mail the survey back to you for tabulation. With a little luck, you will have data for an activity where you discuss economics and the usefulness of the Internet for gathering information quickly. (Note: be sure to put a limit on the number of recipients because this electronic chain letter can quickly get out of hand!)


Students will be able to use e-mail.

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