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Communication Tips
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Below, you will find helpful suggestions for your students so that they can successfully exchange and gather information whether verbally or with text. Whatever form they use to communicate, remember to stress to students these three guidelines for communicating effectively:

  1. Pre-plan what information you want to gather and exchange.
  2. Stick to your topic.
  3. Use humor sparingly.

1. Tips for Written Communication

Below you will find three pointers that will help your students communicate effectively with others when using text.

A. Practice These Tips
  1. Don't use your real name.
  2. Do not give out personal information such as your last name, home address, parent's work address, or telephone number.
  3. Never share a password for an Internet game or chat room.
  4. Never agree to meet with someone you met in a chat room.
  5. Notify the teacher and/or parent if you receive an obscene message.
  6. Because you can't see or hear the person you are chatting with, they may be fooling you as to who they really are.
  7. If someone is being rude to you, ignore them or just log-off and find something else to do.
  8. Learn how to use emoticons and acronyms to express your feelings.
B. Use Emoticons to Express Feelings
:-)
;-)
:->
:-(
8-)
(-:
:-{)
[:-)
%-)
Smiley
Winkey Smiley
Devlish Grin
Frowny Face
User Wears Glasses
Left Handed Smiley
User Has a Mustache
User Is Wearing a Walkman
User Has Been Staring at the Screen too Long
 
C. Use Acronyms to Express Feelings
AFAIK
BTW
FYI
HTH
IMHO
IMNSHO
IMO
IOW
LOL
ROTFL
YMMV
{g}
{BG}
As Far As I Know
By the Way
For Your Information
Hope This Helps
In My Humble Opinion
In My Not So Humble Opinion
In My Opinion
In Other Words
Laughing Out Loud
Rolling On the Floor Laughing
Your Mileage May Vary
Grin
Big Grin

2. Tips for Verbal Communication

A. Resource Links

Here are three resource links that you can use to find valuable tips to help your students successfully conference verbally.

1. Date and Time Gateway
This site will help you find out what time it is anywhere in the world. Find out what time it is where you live, then follow the link that tells you what time it is in the part of the country you will be conferencing with.
2. Elements of an Effective Video Conference
Yvonne Marie Andres gives great pointers that will help you have a dynamic conference!
3. CU-SeeMe Schools
This bookmark site lists the schools that have registered with Global Schoolhouse. They offer a secure server that will guarantee that your conferences will be safe and private.

 

 

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