Online Chats – Belfast

November 15th, 2011

Online chats are person-to-person (or groups of people) synchronous communications that take place over the internet. These conversations may be conducted with text, audio, or video and there are many software and web-based tools for this. Some terms used to refer to this chats include computer-mediated communication (CMC), internet relay chat (IRC), or instant messaging (IM). When a microphone and/or camera is used, these chats may be referred to as audio or video conferencing.  Typically a participant in a chat is identified by a screen name, and the entries in the dialogue are date and time stamped. Many chat tools allow transcripts of text chats to be archived and audio and video chats to be recorded. Multiple user chats are often used as backchannels in meetings, conferences, and classrooms to allow participants to comment on the proceedings in real time.


  1. Bgreenstone
    November 16th, 2011 at 11:37 | #1

    Poll Everywhere is located here:

  2. Markus
    November 16th, 2011 at 11:40 | #2

    What school systems are using Google Docs (chat, e-mail, calendars, etc.) with students and/or staff?nn1

  3. Rick
    November 16th, 2011 at 11:40 | #3

    It is easy to recognize the usefulness/power of social networking tools, but when these same tools are not allowed (blocked) then the possibilities become impossibilities.

  4. Ahicock
    November 16th, 2011 at 11:50 | #4

    Kids find it very interesting to communicate with other places, perhaps places that they have been studying about in class.

  5. Markus
    November 16th, 2011 at 11:52 | #5

    I’m an optimistic techie, so take this for what it’s worth. Regarding blocked content, someone should ask the powers-that-be, “what would it take for this content to be unblocked?” Often times, there are technologies that can address those concerns.

  6. Markus
    November 16th, 2011 at 11:54 | #6

    Cool Comment: Instant Messaging is a great way to hook kids on keyboarding.

  7. Markus
    November 16th, 2011 at 12:00 | #7

    Are any schools doing broadcast video? (Youtube meets Local Access Television.)

  8. Mike
    November 16th, 2011 at 12:13 | #8

    Texting as a way of strengthening written fluency is an interesting idea to help kids learn how to share ideas and points of view.

  9. Jfrels
    November 16th, 2011 at 12:48 | #9

    Share llteracy discussions through note share with other schools in our AOSnfrom Jill

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