I don’t know about you, but I’m often reading and responding to emails that relate to scheduling things. When I am doing that, it’s great to have my calendar handy. Using the Google Calendar Gadget Lab in Gmail makes that possible. I can see my calendar, add events to it and quickly get to the details for certain events. Check it out:
As a Technology Integration Specialist, I end up sending the staff that I work with lots of emails. I work really hard to only send what’s important and to keep it brief. Occasionally, the things I send out are necessary and/or require some sort of response or action step. As you can probably guess, if my response rate was a test score, there’d be a red F written next to it.
And I understand, educators are uber-busy people. But I still need those action steps taken. So? I use some silly tactics. There are 2 in particular and here’s the first . . .
Memes & GIFs in emails
If I can get someone to open the email just because a colleague told them there was a ridiculous meme or GIF in there, well, that’s half the battle, isn’t it?
Here are a few that I’ve used recently. Got any others you’d like to suggest? Put them in the comments or send them to me @JakeMillerTech.
A word of advice if you decide to adopt this tactic: only use it sparingly and when you really need to draw in your recipients… a fun and novel approach ceases to be fun and novel when it becomes overused and annoying.