What is Online Communication?

The tools for remote communication that are used by professionals are easily adaptable to teaching and learning, and indeed we are seeing an increase in classroom use of programs for that purpose. Tools like Skype make it easy for students to move past the classroom walls and connect with their peers around the world as well as giving them access to experts in fields they are studying. Online communication tools may be synchronous or asynchronous; based in text, audio or video; and enable one-to-one, one-to-many, or many-to-many communications. Many may be used either from a computer or an Internet-enabled mobile phone, and some can be used from almost any mobile phone. Synchronous online communication through instant messaging is a part of many people’s daily lives, and this includes K-12 students. Many schools are now beginning to see instant messaging as a learning tool rather than a distraction. This requires new approaches to classroom management in order to optimize learning and limit unhelpful communications.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • WIKIs allow for collaboration away from the classroom. For teachers and staff, WIKIs allows for the sharing of ideas and information. For students, this format allows for immediate publication and collaboration. - marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 9, 2010
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • Currently, several departments and campuses within my school district use WIKIs to communicate and collaborate. This is true to teachers and staff as well as students. However, as always, the idea of security is an ever-present concern. - marisa.hartling marisa.hartling Feb 9, 2010
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • Lots of examples in eTwinning www.etwinning.net , 60,000 plus schools using online communication tools in classroom projects involving two or more schools in different countries.
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