What is Online Communication?

The tools for remote communication that are used by professionals are easily adaptable to teaching and learning, and indeed we are seeing an increase in classroom use of programs for that purpose. Tools like Skype make it easy for students to move past the classroom walls and connect with their peers around the world as well as giving them access to experts in fields they are studying. Online communication tools may be synchronous or asynchronous; based in text, audio or video; and enable one-to-one, one-to-many, or many-to-many communications. Many may be used either from a computer or an Internet-enabled mobile phone, and some can be used from almost any mobile phone. Synchronous online communication through instant messaging is a part of many people’s daily lives, and this includes K-12 students. Many schools are now beginning to see instant messaging as a learning tool rather than a distraction. This requires new approaches to classroom management in order to optimize learning and limit unhelpful communications.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • This technology can be utilized in a range of different disciplines to enhance the learning experience by fostering collaboration among students both in class and beyond to other groups working in other parts of the city, nation or world. Online communication essentially takes the walls of the traditional classroom and tears them down. - KeeneH KeeneH Oct 18, 2010
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative expression?

  • Online communication technologies can have a great impact in opening doors and broadening horizons for students allowing them to collaborate with others across states, countries and cultural boundaries. - KeeneH KeeneH Oct 18, 2010
  • This will open doors for collaboration across boundaries-this indeed will break barriers between developed and developing countries encouraging knowledge sharing and transfer - Olufemi.Olubodun Olufemi.Olubodun Oct 19, 2010
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