We remain open to new developments when they are stable enough to be reliable and useful.
We’ve given the use of text-based chat a lot of thought.
Despite continuing progress in the field, it is clear from discussions with our students and parents that applying this everywhere would be more of a hindrance than a help.
When a text chat is broken up by router problems on the Internet, and the pieces come in somewhat fitfully, the whole meaning of the discussion is retained and presented in order.
We currently support two classroom technologies: a custom-written text chat program (which we’ll simple call chat hereafter), and the Wi Zi Q audio and whiteboard system.
Teachers can use colors, various fonts and text sizes, and even graphical items to enrich the student experience.
In composing written text, one is engaged constantly in writing practice.
In an audio chat, this is far less likely to be the case.
Some require specific computer platforms; virtually all require high-speed connections (DSL or better) to support streaming sound or video.