Getting access to the "underground" - Insights into children's identities online

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Australian Educational Computing, 2004, 19 (2), pp. 18 - 24
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Increasingly computers in primary schools are being used to support the interactions and learning of students online. Gaining access to online spaces gives students new ways of interacting, not possible in a face-to-face setting. For example, interacting through online environments allows students to interact more informally with each other and with other participants than is generally permitted in the classroom. In this paper we examine the ways students in a grade 5/6 class interacted with each other and the researcher/teacher using a guest book, email account and a chatroom on a class web site and later, using Messenger. The paper examines the informal online interactions of the students and how these inter actions impacted on the student and teacher/student inter actions in the classroom. Students appropriated online names and used the anonymity of the Internet to their adantage. The study concludes with a set of recommendations for the use of interacte technologies in the primary school classroom.
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