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It's all about me: Why e-mails are so easily misunderstood

Daniel Enemark

Michael Morris and Jeff Lowenstein wouldn't have recognized each other if they'd met on the street, but that didn't stop them from getting into a shouting match. The professors had been working together on a research study when a technical glitch inconvenienced Mr. Lowenstein. He complained in an e-mail, raising Mr. Morris's ire. Tempers flared. "It became very embarrassing later," says Morris, when it turned out there had been a miscommunication, "but we realized that we couldn't blame each other for yelling about it because that's what we were studying." Morris and Lowenstein are among the scholars studying the benefits and dangers of e-mail and other computer-based interactions.

Laptops and Literacy: Learning in the Wireless Classroom

Mark Warschauer

Warschauer, an Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine undertakes a study of 1-to-1 in terms of literacy for today's students. Using schools in California and Maine, he applies a qualitative framework for his research into bringing literacy to the current day. Specifically, he seeks to understand the role 1-to-1 can play in providing current, up-to-date literacy for students around computer literacy, information literacy, multimedia literacy, and computer-mediated communication literacy.

Learners as Customers

Mr. John Findlay, Dr. Robert Fitzgerald, and Mr. Russell Hobby

This paper reports on what teachers say when presented with the results of online surveys of what students think about their pedagogical performance and classroom climate and then go on to invent a new and better world for learners. The paper also reports on what students feel about the use of ICT in their classrooms and what they might do to re-invent school.