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ERIC Number: EJ874312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0816-9020
Getting Access to the "Underground"--Insights into Children's Identities Online
Maher, Damian; Schuck, Sandy
Australian Educational Computing, v19 n2 p18-24 Dec 2004
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 website and later, using Messenger. The paper examines the informal online interactions of the students and how these interactions impacted on the student and teacher/student interactions in the classroom. Students appropriated online names and used the anonymity of the Internet to their advantage. The study concludes with a set of recommendations for the use of interactive technologies in the primary school classroom. (Contains 1 figure.)
Australian Council for Computers in Education. P.O. Box 1255, Belconnen, ACT 2616, Australia. Tel: +61-3-9349-3733; Fax: +61-3-9349-5356; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A