Grade 4 did a lot of new learning last week – we experimented with using the chat function in StudyWiz to discuss ways of being a principled blogger. Students read the blogging guidelines I gave them (based on guidelines developed by www.itscotland.org.uk/mfle) and chatted about whether they agreed or not, or thought things needed to change.
For many, it was the first experience of using chat. They quickly learned the appropriate etiquette of replying to a person using the @ symbol, and were very respectful.
Lots of excellent discussion came as a result of the chat: reasons why we needed to be responsible for anything posted in our own name made us more aware of the importance of keeping our passwords safe. We looked at reasons that we should try to use correct spelling. We reworded some of the information I originally had on academic honesty so it was more student-friendly.
One thing I particularly liked about the chat feature is that everyone wrote a comment. If we were having a face to face discussion, not everyone would have participated. I am sure some people asked questions they wouldn’t normally have asked.
Here is our final Essential Agreement: