Introduction to First Class A step – by step guide for teachers How to start First Class Double click on the First Class icon How to log in Click on “Login” to connect with First Class The desktop Click here to enter the program The name of the icon can be different. It depends on the name of the project. In this case the project is called “CMC MIIS-Giessen”. Introduction to the most important buttons Click “File“ to open new options 1. File “File” is similar to “Datei” on German computers. There are several options which can be used. But the most important ones for beginners are “save as”, “open” and “close”. On the next page there will be a short description of the function and usage of these options. “save as”: A created file is saved under the name of your choice. “open”: The file that has been saved before can be opened by searching the name under which the file has been saved. “close”: This button closes the file you are working on at the moment. Please save if you are asked to do. 2. Edit In this option “copy” and “paste” are the most important ones. “copy”: Mark what you want to copy, click on edit and copy. „paste“: Put the curser at the place you want to have the copied data, click on edit and paste. Voila, there it is. 3. Message In this program messages are very important. With the help of these programmes you are able to communicate with the other groups in the class or with the partner groups in other countries via emails. They can be sent to the whole program for example to the desktop or to one of the group folders. They are the main thing of this program. How to write and send a message Before a message can be sent, you have to type in the subject line the reason why you send it. In this case it is an answer to a question. The next step is to type in the text you want to send in the field below. You can write as much as you want. If you want to add an attachment, you have to click on the paper clip symbol. A window appears in which you have to search for the file you want to attach. Click on the file, then “öffnen” and the file will be attached. 1 2 You can now send the message with an attachment or without. Press the “send” button on the left. You don’t have to put an address anywhere because you send it to the folder you have opened the message. In this case the message will be sent to the desktop. When you have sent a message, it is in the folder the moment you have clicked on ‘send’. You can see if there is a new one when a little flag appears in front of it. If you have sent a message with an attachment, the paper clip and the little flag appear in front of the message. As a last point we want to show you how to exit the program.In order to do that, you can open “File” and click on “Exit”. Another possibility of closing the program is clicking on the “x” in the right upper corner. If you choose this way of closing the program, a window opens where you can click on “Exit” and “Close”.You can leave the program with both. Choose which button you like best. a b We hope we gave you a short and understandable overview about the usage of the first steps in a computer-mediated communication program (First Class). If you have any further questions, you are invited to join the chat forum.
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