FROM SMOKE SIGNALS TO THE INTERNET

ELLS Conference (11/10/99)

 

USING A TAFE CHAT ROOM

 

From the ESL Talk homepage:

1. Click on 'want to chat?' icon.

2. Wait about 2 minutes until you see the 6 chat rooms.

 

3. Click on 'The Pub'. (You could select any of the 6 rooms but today we will use The Pub.)

4. A chat dialogue box will now open.

 

The Chat Dialogue Box

 

This chat dialog box has 3 sections:

  • On the right you see the names of the people in the chat under 'Users Logged On'
  • On the left is the text of the conversation (Output Interaction Box)
  • At the bottom you see 'enter your text below'. Type in what you want to communicate in the space provided. When you have finished typing what you want to say hit enter. Your next now appears in the upper left hand window and can be read by anyone else in the chat room.

NB: to leave the chat room you must hit the QUIT bar.

 

USES OF CHAT

For and with students:

For and with staff:

THERE IS AN INTRINSIC FASCINATION WITH INTERNET CHAT BUT ITS EDUCATIONAL VALUE IS LIMITED UNLESS:

            • there are remote participants
            • there is a specific purpose
            • it is limited to 6-8 students
            • chats with more than 6-8 students need to be closely moderated

Otherwise perhaps the telephone does is better!

In my opinion text based chat has a limited and short term future. If more than 6-8 participants are present it can get quite chaotic. It will eventually be replaced by voice mail, voice chat and video. For my own teaching I use 3D chat in a graphic environment.

 

USING A TAFE BULLETIN BOARD

From the ESL Talk homepage:

1. Click on bulletin board icon

2. You should now see this menu in the top left corner:

2. Click on forum. You should now see a box like this:

3. Click on ELLS

4. You are now ready to contribute to the forum.

To compose a new message (thread):

 

To reply to someone else's message.

These are the 2 basic and most common functions of this bulletin board. There are many more. If you want to know about all the other functions just click on help in the menu on the left hand side.

 

LOG INS FOR ESL TALK

Username

Password

Andy Smith

andy

smith

Fenisia Giglio

fenisia

giglio

Radmila Ninkovic

radmila

ninkovic

Bryn Roberts

bryn

roberts

Carol Higgins

carol

higgins

Anne Paschke

anne

paschke

Peter Banks

peter

banks

Maryanne Sanders

maryanne

sanders

Isabella Slevin

isabella

slevin

Barbara Pedlar

barbara

pedlar

Peter Gripton

peter

gripton

Martine Jusserand

martine

jusserand

Pam Gigney

pam

gigney

Molly Braybrook

molly

braybrook

Chris Egerton

chrise

egerton

Helen Fraser

helen

fraser

Sabina Grabiec

sabina

grabiec

Zuzanna Gumrat

zuzanna

gumrat

 

RESOURCES

1) ESL Talk Home Page - http://143.92.1.65:8900/SCRIPT/vpesl/scripts/serve_home

2) ESL_SA Mailing List

 

To join the esl_sa mailing list send the following message (without no subject and with the signature turned off) to:

Majordomo@adel.tafe.sa.edu.au

In the body of your email, type:

subscribe esl_sa

All future messages to the list go to:

esl_sa@adel.tafe.sa.edu.au

 

3) Michael Coghlan's Homepage - http://www.chariot.net.au/~michaelc

4) Webpage for this session - http://www.chariot.net/~michaelc/ELLS/conf.htm

5) Powerpoint Presentation for this session