Exploring Student-Teacher Roles and Educational Affordances of an Instant Messenger Environment
Donna DeGennaro, University of Pennsylvania, United States ; Gerri Light, La Salle College High School, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-56-3 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Although computers and Internet connections are increasingly becoming commonplace in educational settings, their implementation is somewhat limited. Notwithstanding this narrow use in education, teenagers with Internet access find computers useful in attaining certain educational goals. One teenage computer application that is flourishing is Instant Messenger (IM) or chat software. While this tool is often considered a social form of communications, teenagers do use IM to discuss homework. This study examines an unusual use of IM to facilitate communications between students and their teacher around activities within a lab management club. Unconventional and spontaneous uses of technology tools such as this may illuminate possibilities of utilizing IM in educational settings. Expressly, this paper seeks to elucidate the way in which IM affords distributed expertise, more specifically, the fluctuation of teacher-learner roles. Furthermore, the study provides insight into uniting the disparity between current teenage and potential educational uses of technology.
DeGennaro, D. & Light, G. (2005). Exploring Student-Teacher Roles and Educational Affordances of an Instant Messenger Environment. In P. Kommers & G. Richards (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2005--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2428-2436). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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