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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

Communication

(1) Contribute to the Class Wikis

(2) Sharing files

Email provides an effective means of sharing many types of files (note required file extension names) with colleagues or students.

(3) Communicating with groups of colleagues

Teachers must often communicate with groups of individuals (e.g. department, student club, administration, etc.) via email. Using an email address book, you may establish groups for quick addressing and mailing. Each individual can be in be in one or more groups.

(4) Communicating with students via e-groups asynchronously

Electronic discussion groups offer great opportunities for extended asynchronous dialog between students and teachers. A teacher may start a discussion thread and require students to post their thoughts, as well as comments on the postings of others. Electronic discussion groups should always be moderated by the teacher.

(5) Communicating Synchronously

"Chat rooms" and e-learning systems allow multiple users to communicate at the same time. This can provide teachers with data to make formative assessments. For example, a teacher can pose a question and give students time to form their responses. When given the signal, students enter their comments and instantly the teacher can receive their replies and assess their understanding.

(6) Blogging - Feedback on your progress

A blog (weblog) is a personal or group website that facilitates regular entries of commentary, graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

(7) Social Networking - Educational Networking

A social network service provides an online environment for people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Social networking software can be used to develop study groups and other communities of learner