Writing content for social media is totally different from writing emails. Click on the links below to find out when to use each different communication methods.
Comparing the different communication methods
Do you want to know the best method of communication to promote a camp? Or what is the best way to send direct communication to parents. This article compares each digital communication method to help you decide written by Resource Techniques.
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Make messages easy to understand
Do you ever question how readable and understandable a message is? This is a free lesson from our friends at Learn My Way which helps you to understand how to write in plain English which everyone can understand.
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Alternatives to email
Have you ever thought about sending communication using alternative means than just email? This class by GCF Global will take you through all your options and help you to decide which is best for your needs.
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*With such a diverse membership in Scouting this is an important skill, you'll also find in: Digital Meetings and Training, Getting the Word Out.
It's important to keep people in the loop as well as sending people important information. There are different ways to send your message to different people. Always think about privacy when sending data to different people.
Emailing Multiple Recipients
It's important to know what 'cc' and 'bcc' mean when faced with sending an email. This article from Lifewire explains what they mean and when to use them:
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Using bcc in Gmail
This walkthrough from Gmass starts by showing you how to use bcc in Gmail and then introduces you to their own plug-in that can enhance sending mass emails.
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Not all communications need to go by email - sometimes a group chat where everyone is present and can contribute is better. WikiHow have a tutorial that walks you through setting up a WhatsApp group. Make sure you view our advice on Digital Platforms for Scouts, to check what you need to know to use WhatsApp safely.
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*We're a sociable bunch at the Scouts and we like working together. That's why you'll also find this skill in: Planning your Programme Digitally, Planning Events and Activities and Getting the Word Out.
Working together makes life easier. We can share the workload and use each others' ideas. Sometimes you'll be given access to a specific collaboration tool, but sometimes you'll need to choose yourself. We've listed an article to help you choose and then help getting started using three of the most popular packages.
Choosing your platform
If you need to choose what package to use, cnet has a detailed overview of some of them and their benefits and features.
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Now that you've found out a bit more about what platform to use, we've listed the three most popular and linked to their help websites to get you started.
A popular choice, you can log in with your personal Gmail account, or a managed G-Suite account provided free by your Group/District. Google Drive allows you to share documents and collaborate in real time on files.
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Around for a while, Dropbox is a native file storage base. Even better, it integrates with OSM!
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Part of the Microsoft 365 package, you may have access to this provided by your Group/District, but you can also set up personal accounts. Collaborate in real time on documents and view shared storage.
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*We like working together - you'll find this skill in: Planning your Programme Digitally, Digital Finance, Digital Meetings and Training and Data and Documents too.
Feel you can share the digital skills you have gained with other people? Would you like advice on the best ways to do this? Read the information below to find out how.
Signpost Digital Skills
Read this guide by Digital Unite on how to signpost residents to digital skills support.
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Do you know someone who is struggling to adapt to using digital technology? Do you have the skills and drive to teach other people digital skills? Read this article by Digital Unite to find out how to become a digital champion.
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*We like to help each other here at the Scouts. That's why you'll also find this skill in Digital Meetings and Training.
In this new modern way of working video calling has become a new way of life. Find out how to run your meetings virtually by reading the articles below.
Get people chatting online
In this course you will learn about how you can see people when chatting to them on the internet. The course explains what you need to make video calls and help you choose the best method for you. This course was created by our friends at Learn My Way.
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Zoom is an online meeting platform which surged in popularity during 2020. It can be used to make 1-1 or group video calls from a computer, tablet or phone. Users can screen share, chat and use interactive features. Have a read of this article by Digital Unite to find out more on how to use Zoom.
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*Video calls are also useful in Digital Meetings and Training.
Schedule a Zoom meeting
Running a video meeting may be daunting, however, it needn't be difficult. Have a read of the support page below to find support in running Zoom meetings.
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*We've also got this advice for this skill in Digital Meetings and Training.
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