Unit 4: Communicating online


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Unit 4: Communicating online

  1. 1. Communicating Online Tools and Tricks
  2. 2. Objectives of today’s class:• Describe variety of communication methods which can be done online• Demonstrate techniques of online communication• Compare and contrast techniques of online communication including VoIP, document sharing, blogs, forums and online communities• Demonstrate understanding of online communication by performing tasks related to communication including opportunities to set up a Skype account, upload files to an online drive, view example of community powered Google earth, upload pictures &/or videos to the cloud, find a relevant group or forum and discover ways to use the community for answers and advice
  3. 3. Lesson 1: Email• We discussed components of Gmail, which is the Google owned Email• For a detailed look at Gmail visit: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/gmail• Also will look at Google Translate http://translate.google.com/
  4. 4. Lesson 2: VoIP• Skype http://beta.skype.com/en/ – Need: a webcam (optional), internet connection, and a microphone and speaker (can be installed on the computer already). – Download Program. You will have to create a user name and password. – To use, find the program on your computer and open it. You will have to include your username and password. – To find a new contact, click on Contacts and then Add a Contact. Fill in any of the details that you have. It will generate an automatic email. Send it to them. – If someone wants you as a contact, it will appear as “pending” on your page. Click on it and agree. They will then show up in your contacts. – You can use the same Skype account on all your devices (mobile, laptop, desktop). However, you will have to download the program or app prior to using it, and then open the program or app before using it. Next…
  5. 5. Lesson 2: VoIPOther examples of VoIP:• Facetime: Used with Apple devices• Google Plus Hangouts: Must have Google account• Chat rooms: Can be “iffy”, use caution
  6. 6. Lesson 3: Share documents• Google drive: Sign in through Google account• Evernote: Download Evernote https://evernote.com/ – tutorial: http://www.slideshare.net/margie_comaling/evernote- tutorialspdf-7286379)• Dropbox: Use online: https://www.dropbox.com/home – tutorial: http://www.slideshare.net/iamproudlypinoy2010/cherry-chua- dropboxtutorial
  7. 7. Lesson 4: Sharepictures & videos• YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/• Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/help• Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/• Picasa: Requires Google account https://picasaweb.google.com/home
  8. 8. Lesson 5: Blogs• Hosted blog: Blogger (free to Google users) http://www.blogger.com/• Unhosted blog: Download and install software, store blog on host site. Example: Wordpress http://wordpress.org/
  9. 9. Lesson 6: Forums & Groups• Search Google groups: https://groups.google.com/• Example of a Google group: Dual n back https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgr oups#!forum/brain-training• Search Yahoo groups: http://messages.yahoo.com/
  10. 10. Lesson 7: Online support groups• Search online groups: http://online.supportgroups.com/#• Also, Google “online support groups” for more ideas• Other examples: – patientslikeme.com http://www.patientslikeme.com/ – Big Think http://bigthink.com/ – post secret (Caution, may offend some people) http://www.postsecret.com/ – blurt it (for answers) http://www.blurtit.com/ – ask.com (for answers) http://www.ask.com/
  11. 11. There are many ways tocommunicate. Try using some ofthese ideas to build your owncommunities based on yourneeds and interests. Good luck!