4 Important Gmail Features for Teachers

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Today Gmail announced the release of a new set of features and improvements to its Gmail on the web. These include a brand new look for your Gmail, sophisticated security measures, more integrations with G Suite apps, new ways to manage and organize your tasks on the go, and many more. Some of these features are rolling out in the next few weeks. To access the new Gmail, open your Gmail account and click on Settings on top right corner and select ’Try the new Gmail’. If you want to go back to your old Gmail, follow the same steps then select ‘Go back to classic Gmail’. Here is a quick run-down of the new features :

1- Do more inside your inbox

You can now see and click attachements (e.g. photos and files) without having to open the email in which they were embedded. You  ‘can also hover over messages (you don’t have to click into them) to do things like RSVP to a meeting invite, archive an email thread or snooze an email until the time is right.’

2- Integrtation with G Suite Apps

The new redesigned Gmail is integrated with more G Suite apps so you can work seamlessly across different platforms. Using the side panel on the right side of your inbox you will be able to quickly record notes in Google Keep, create and manage to-dos and tasks in Google Tasks (new app), and create and edit your Calendar invites. You can also use this panel to access the add-ons you use with your Gmail.

3- Smart reply and Nudging

As is the case with Gmail mobile, Gmail on the web is now supporting Smart Reply allowing you reply to messages faster. Gamil uses Articificial Intelligence to suggest contextual short replies you can use in your replies. Gmail will also ‘nudge’ you to remind you of important emails you need to attend to. And when a riskly email comes through, the new Gmail features a red alert warning.

4- Confidential mode

‘Finally, a new confidential mode allows you to remove the option to forward, copy, download or print messages—useful for when you have to send sensitive information via email like a tax return or your social security number. You can also make a message expire after a set period of time to help you stay in control of your information.’

Check out this post for more details on these new features.