IM is prohibited?
That effects many librarians, students and teachers around the state
and the country for that matter who participate in our booktalks and
discussion boards. Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award has 4-
8th graders reading and discussing books each year and this year we are
trying online booktalks using the Tapped In environment which has a
chat element. It really adds to the discussion board. Students from
around the state have the opportunity to talk about the DCF books with
each other. Teachers and librarians guide the discussions as in any
good classroom. Only this classroom in not confined to the 4 walls of a
If you're not familiar with Tapped In check it out. It's like many
other educational online environments that organizes learning
opportunities but it's "free." It does require a membership and
teachers get a permanent online office. Students have to follow rules,
etc. There are many examples of good teaching using technology (IM
-chatrooms) that need to be shared with the rule makers who are trying
to stop kids from communicating with each other intellectually.
Banning chatrooms or instant messaging isn't the answer.
On Mar 5, 2004, at 1:13 PM, Christopher Haessly wrote:
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>> One disruptive technology in our business is instant messaging. NCLB
>> mandated that we block this tool, just when we had started figuring
>> ways to allow teachers and students to collaborate with it. I think
>> is a prime example of reacting negatively to disruptive technology
>> instead of finding ways for it to slingshot us forward in new and
>> constructive directions.
> I was not familiar with this particular provision of NCLB. Could you
> please shed some more light on why IM is prohibited?
> Christopher Haessly
> Network Administrator
> Chittenden South Supervisory Union
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