June 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm 2 comments

· What is it? What does it do?

o Chatmaker is a site that allows you to make your own chat rooms and easily invite others.

o Chatmaker’s chatroom is extremely easy and instantaneous, which means that people might use it for quick and private communications.

o Plus I really liked that it doesn’t require registration.

o Just type the title of your chatroom in the box on the homepage, and then send the link that is provided in the lower box to the people you want to join. My title was “JHU Cohort.” I then instant messaged my colleagues who looked like they were logged on to elc, but no one got back to me…So needless to say at that time of night, I was the only one in my chatroom, chatting to myself…so sad.

· What are the infrastructure and technical requirements for this tool?

o As long as the site Chatmaker isn’t blocked and you can copy and paste a link, you can chat with anyone!

· How can you use it effectively in instruction?

o This could be so fun for the students to have mystery chatpals either in our own school, another local school, or a school in another state or country!

o I could see a chatroom for students who are all trying to perform the same type of science experiment for the bcps science fair. They could chat about failure, success, and etc.

· What are other education applications for this tool?

o Teachers could create a chatroom with parents, collegues from other schools in the same content area, or even cohort members to discuss numerous topics, concerns, etc.

· What are the limitations and cautions related to use of this tool?

o Not sure if this is blocked on bcps.

o Can’t find any cautions, since one has to be invited to come into the chatroom.

· What are the management considerations for this tool?

o Making sure all invitees can be online at a certain specific time.

o Teaching students proper language and manners when in a chatroom.


Entry filed under: Collaborate, Conferencing, Connect, Personal, Reflect.

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  • 1. dmnovotny  |  June 19, 2008 at 1:36 am

    Hi Jill,
    I am sorry you had to chat with yourself! Unfortunately, although I do see BCPS unblocking some 2.0 tools, I seriously doubt a instanious chat room tool will ever be could it be monitered?
    Oh well, we’ll work with what we can 🙂

  • 2. Diane Richmond  |  June 20, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I love the idea of students being able to chat with students from other schools in other areas of the country. It would be much more effective than the traditional pen pal structure. I used to do pen pals with a class from Arizona, but with our busy schedules, it took at least two months to get a response. We did love hearing from the other school though. I am sure, however, that this will be blocked in BCPS.


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