Gmail

LQ: 8

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Brain grade: 8.5
Fun score: 7.5

ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 8+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used: ,

Gmail is a free e-mail service provided through Google that offers users a contact list, folders in which to store messages, as well as a chat feature for instant conversations with contacts. Users can use Gmail to keep in touch with their friends, communicate with teachers, and keep themselves organized. A spell check and word count feature helps users to become more effective communicators; and a mobile app version helps to increase the regularity that users check their account. Gmail is appropriate for ages 8 and up, but consistent adult monitoring is strongly suggested.


This app is good for kids who need help with:

Organization

Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Managing a Gmail account requires users to organize saved messages into appropriate folders, as well as using “star” and “label” features to further categorize messages. Users can add filters to their e-mails, allowing for increasing organization. E-mails can be arranged into individual "circles," designed specifically for co-workers, family, and friends. It also syncs calendars, notes, and reminders from mobile devices, making Gmail not just a platform for c communication but a robust organizational service.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Sending an e-mail to a teacher, parent, family member, or friend requires a child to think critically about how their words will be perceived by the recipient. The spell check feature can help correct mistakes made in haste - helping to expand users' vocabulary. Once an e-mail is sent or received, Gmail automatically adds the address to a contact lists, which allows users to connect via Google Chat. The service a very social platform, as it assists users in their ability to communicate effectively and punctually. Consistent communication makes users more aware of their own abilities to express themselves, aiding them in become more self-aware.

Writing

Composing an e-mail message requires users to create a piece of organized writing that includes a greeting, body paragraph, and closing statement. The format of an e-mail can be transferred to resume cover letters or letters to pen pals. When writing e-mails, G-mail offers both a spell check and word count feature, essentially affording users with the ability to create coherent, structured messages, as if they were using a word processing service.

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