Productivity [ELA]

Google Classroom for ELA

Follow the instructions from your teacher to enroll into your virtual ELA classroom space.

Google Mail

Your Google Mail (GMail) account is one of the main ways you will communicate digitally with your teachers and fellow students.

You should check your GMail account at least once per day.

You can personalize your emails by adding a message signature and also by adding a photo to your GMail profile

Open Google Chrome and open your GMail account

Follow these instructions to add an identifying image, and set an email signature.

  • Click on the cog icon
  • Select 'Settings'
  • Under the 'General' tab, scroll down to the 'My Picture' and 'Signature' sections
  • Click 'Change Picture' to add an avatar image or photo (you need to take a photo in PhotoBooth and export it first!)
  • Type your email signature into the signature box. Your signature should be:

First & Last Name

Grade 6(A, B or C) student

Singapore American School

  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'Save changes'

What makes a good email message?

  • Write a meaningful subject line. The reader should have a good idea about what the message is about before they open it.
  • Keep the message focused.
  • Avoid adding attachments if possible.
  • Identify yourself clearly.
  • Be kind. Show respect.
  • Proofread before you send.
  • Don't assume privacy.
  • Distinguish between formal and informal situations. Use language and style appropriate to to the person(s) you are writing to.

Write a short email to your homebase teacher.

Title it 'Boot Camp - Productivity [ELA]'

In the body of your email you should:

  • introduce yourself
  • share two or three things you have learnt today about improving productivity
  • share one thing that you are really looking forward to having your 1:1 laptop

Address your message to your homebase advisor and send.

Google Apps

Google Apps allows you to create a variety of different document types. What type of documents do each Google App create?

  • Docs
  • Slides
  • Sheets
  • Drawing
  • Sites
  • Forms

Now you try:

  1. In your Drive, create a folder called 'Boot Camp'
  2. In this folder, create a doc, spreadsheet, presentation and drawing and see what you can do in each of them.
  3. Add a new font in a Google document (maybe a cool, scary Halloween font!)
  4. Use "Insert Image" and add an image you have permission to use to a Google Doc or Presentation.
  5. Share a Google Doc with someone in the class. Both work on it simultaneously.

Pick something useful that you want to share with others. It can be something that isn't on the list above. In small groups take turns sharing a Google App tip or trick.


Throughout MS you will do a lot of writing. In the digital world, and especially with your new 1:1 laptop, writing means 'typing'. How quickly and accurately you can type is going to be one of the factors that influences how well you can get your ideas down and your assignments completed. If you aren't already, you need to have a goal of being a proficient keyboarder!

If you are typing above 40 words per minute, with an accuracy of 95% or better, you are doing great!

How good are your typing skills?

  1. Open a new browser tab and go to
  2. Set the typing test to 2 minutes and the test to 'Aesop's fables'.
  3. Take the test.
  4. Take a screenshot of your test results (Command + Shift + 4) and rename the screenshot file as "Typing Test - your name".
  5. Open Google Classroom and click into your HB Advisory class
  6. Open the assignment called 'Boot Camp - Typing Test [ELA]'
  7. Submit your typing test screenshot. Click Add > File and drag the image file into the box and click Upload. Turn-In.

IMPORTANT - Make sure you click 'Turn In' and then also confirm by clicking 'Turn In' again.

Need to improve your typing skills?

Open a new browser tab and go to (or click the Typing Club icon on this page).

Bookmark the site. You'll want to come back here regularly.

Click the 'Log-in' button. Use the 'Sign-in with Google' button to create a new account (or log in to an existing account if you have one using your SAS Gmail account).