OER4Schools/Group chat with messenger or collaborative writing

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Title Group chat with messenger or collaborative writing
Topic Collaborative writing,  OER4Schools,  Teacher Education Resources for Sub-Saharan Africa


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This resource is part of the OER4Schools programme.

Just doing typing practice without an aim can be a bit boring.

Once your students have some basic typing skills, you can use a tool like Pidgeon for group chat, which is a fun way of sending messages, that encourages typing skills. You can also use a collaborative writing tool (such as EtherPad, Google documents, or collaborative editors running on your local network).

You can set a topic to start things off, which can be simple:

  • "Say hello to your friends."
  • "Say what you had for breakfast."

and let people start typing!

Depending on the typing skills of your students, you could use ideas from cumulative talk(a) in this activity (c.f. also here).