Powwow;Project ICT

27th August 1999 at 01:00
If you can use a word processor, then you are well on the way to being able to use e-mail.

There are some e-mail messages on this page.

These show how children in Mrs Smith's class at Sunnyside primary use e-mail.

They have only one computer that can connect to the Internet, but they still manage to do some interesting things and learn basic e-mail skills by communicating with other classes in the school.

E-MAIL LETTER 1

To expert@myclass.ourschool.sch.uk

Subject Close shave? Dear Expert, We are doing a project about North American Indians in our class. We would like to know why we never see Native Americans with beards in pictures or Western films.

We hope you can help us.

From Red Group

You've got mail

When sending questions on e-mail:

* Be very careful with spelling and punctuation. People will take you more seriously if your messages are well-written.

* Think about the wording of your questions. Think of the difference between "Why do Native Americans never have beards" and "We would like to know why we never see Indians with beards in pictures or in Western films". Careful wording of your questions is important when conducting research work.

* Write your e-mails "off-line" first. This way, you won't waste time thinking while running up your phone bill and you can send lots of messages at once.

E-MAILLETTER 2

To group@myclass. ourschool. sch.uk Subject Teacher's Challenge Dear all, Each day this week I am going to e-mail you questions about famous people in history. You may use any of our library books to help you. Each group may only have one guess each day.

Click the reply button to send me your guess. Remember to tell me why you think it is the person you've chosen. I wonder which group will guess correctly first?

Mrs Smith

Which famous person am I describing today? I have also attached three photographs to help you guess.

* Lived in the 20th Century

* Liked smoking cigars

* Made stirring speeches in Parliament

* Had an important job in both World Wars

* Was famous for giving the 'V' for Victory sign

Who was this person?

E-MAIL LETTER 3

To me@ourschool.sch.uk

Subject Look at me!

Dear Me I don't know anyone else on the Internet so I am sending myself this message to learn how to use the different features of the e-mail software - replying to messages, forwarding, attaching files, etc.

Do you like the picture of me that I have attached to this message? I drew it on the computer.

From Me THE STORY OF 'SNAIL MAIL '

E-mail can travel around the globe in seconds, but sending any form of letter is a comparatively modern enterprise.

It was Henry VIII who first appointed a Master of the Posts in 1516, but the first penny post (anywhere in London for a penny) was the invention of William Dockwra. His letters were postmarked with the place and date of origin.

The government eventually took over Dockwra's service in 1682, using stagecoaches to deliver letters. The price of postage was collected from the recipient.

Rowland Hill devised cheap uniform postal rates and the adhesive postage stamp in 1837, when the envelope replaced letters just secured with sealing wax.

Today a national postal service handles billions of letters and parcels a year - 75 million are posted each day in the UK alone.

Discussion points

Will e-mail change things? Will people stop sending letters by snail mail (normal post) altogether? So far they haven't - the British Post Office has even reported an increase in trade since the introduction of e-mail. Why might this be?

Website search Entering "postage stamp" or "philately" will open many websites, including auctions, collections and clubs.

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