Gmail: What I know that my teachers didn't know
Yildiz Turgut, University of Florida, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Gmail enhances language teaching and learning adding a new dimension to e-mail technology. With Gmail, students can see messages in context. If there was a reply to a message sent or received, Gmail will automatically display it in chronological order with the original. This conversation view continues to grow as respond and new replies arrive, making it possible for students to follow the whole back and forth discussion in one place. Comprehending the discourse and realizing corrections implicitly enhance learning. Secondly, Gmail serves like blogger, with more benefits: being within a circle of friends and lack of force to use a native language. Moreover, searching facilities and automatic labeling system of Gmail make information access be easier. Also, Gmail provides input as there are highly relevant text ads adjacent to the body of the email and some links to related web pages. Moreover, teachers can use Gmail as a well-organized database while communicating with students.
Turgut, Y. (2005). Gmail: What I know that my teachers didn't know. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (p. 2124). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).