Jul 25, 2013

Google Apps: Profile Picture

You probably noticed this smiling face when reading messages from me in Gmail. Like any internet avatar, a photo or image will help connect a face to the name.

This is an optional feature. GTSD staff are invited to customize their Google Apps account with a photo or illustration.  This image will be connected to all GTSD Google Apps services, so choose wisely!

How to upload an image:
  1. Have a digital photo or image file that is accessible to the computer you are using.
  2. When logged in to Mail, click on the Gear icon (right side, below your email address). 
  3. Choose Settings. 
  4. Make sure you are on the General tab. 
  5. Scroll down until you see the Picture section. Click the link "Select a Picture". 
  6. Click Choose File.
  7. Browse to the location of the image you plan to upload.
  8. Resize or reposition the visible portion of the image if appropriate. Click Apply Changes.

Some suggestions for choosing a photo or image:
  • Choose a photo of yourself that you like, one that portrays you in positive and professional manner.
  • Select an image or illustration that highlights your subject, grade level, or role within the district.
  • Images or illustrations should be school appropriate.
  • Be sure you have permission to use the photo or image (this means professional photos of yourself and many images from Google images may not be appropriate).

For students, the suggestions become rules:
  • No photos of people.
  • No too-personal information, such as last names, addresses, etc.
  • Images, and the ideas they represent, must be school appropriate.
  • Use original or royalty free images. (Pics4Learning is a great resource)

To learn more about this topic visit the Google Support page: Selecting your Gmail Picture