This starter kit is an introduction to the role email plays at the heart of using digital technology. It does not go into detail about how to use the technology, but is primarily designed to point you towards the affordable tools that you can use from day to day and give you more confidence to get started with email.
Follow on kits will provide more instruction on how to get up and running with this technology, as well as ideas on activities to take your enjoyment further.
What we suggest here is just that, a suggestion. There are many other apps and services that you may choose to use, so don’t be put off if you don’t find something that suits you. In fact, let us know and we can look at adding it to future versions of the kit.
Why use email?
Let’s get it out the way: Email is dull.
It was one of the first internet-based technologies, it doesn’t do anything very exciting and it is boring (or did I already say that).
But email is still at the heart of most activity you do on the internet. Regardless of what device someone uses, you can send them an email message (providing they have an email address!) and this is what makes it great for communicating with anyone from family members to service providers. When you add to this the flexibility to send and receive photos, videos and documents, you realise why email remains so central to the internet.
Also, whether you choose to use email to actually send messages or not, you often need an email account to sign up for other online services that you wish to use.
How these services work
- You can sign up for an email account using any device connected to the internet.
- The main providers of email services include Gmail, Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail. They offer free consumer email accounts with very few limitations.
- When you sign up for an email account you do have some choice over what your email address is. However, you cannot have exactly the same email address as another person, so you may have to adapt if your first choice is already taken.
- Although the major email services have apps for smartphones and tablets, they can also generally be accessed without installing apps using a standard web browser.
This is just a taster of what email is and why it is important. We are in the process of compiling follow-on guides for using individual services which will take you through set-up and use step-by-step.