I would like to start using GMail with my students. I think it would be great to have them communicate with me and each other. I liked the idea of a question and answer page for the classroom. Also like that I can use the translate for some parents.
I am excited about chat with students. I am concerned about etiquette though, since I don't want to send messages when they are suppose to be doing other class work. Also there is apart of me that is concerned that if I teach it to them (I teach elementary) they will use it at inappropriate times with each other. The wonderful world of internet and technology poses problems already with on task behavior, I get concerned when I add a new layer.
Also here's how thwarted I am by technology. I tried to add a smiley face, this is what I got: