Teaching with WhatsAPP

We will be using whatsapp for our international collaborations with schools. Here are some tips from around the internet.

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    A quick intro to this path

    A super fast intro to how we will be using whats app in the classroom

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    What is WhatsApp? From their website:

    "WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages."

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    Whatsapp Tutorial

    WhatsApp is a texting service between mobile phones as a replacement for the regular SMS text messages. Over 900 million users are active worldwide using the Whatsapp service. Whatsapp uses an internet connection between phones. The service is available for iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Nokia Symbian60-phones.

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    What is WhatsApp? One Highly Addicted User Explains

    Why is Facebook buying WhatsApp for $19 billion? At this very moment, I am looking at a text file showing me 5,600 possible explanations. That's how many WhatsApp messages were exchanged between me and a friend in a single three-month period of 2012, when we were averaging about 60 back-and-forth messages a day.

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    From general usage to education

    The first part of this path was about what WhatsApp is and how to use it, the second part is focusing on its use in education. 

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    25 ideas for using WhatsApp with English language students

    Philip Haines is the Senior Consultant for Oxford University Press, Mexico. As well as being a teacher and teacher trainer, he is also the co-author of several series, many of which are published by OUP. Today he joins us to provide 25 engaging and useful classroom activities for language learners using WhatsApp.

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    WhatsApp for Education

    It is a little hard to believe, but WhatsApp can be used as a learning tool. Some of the popular messaging app's attributes make it an ideal solution for teachers and students. The underlying purpose of WhatsApp is to facilitate communication, and at its most basic level, education is nothing but communication.

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    Whats App Teachers?

    Every academic year as I enter the classroom, I find a newer generation of students. I look at their years of birth and think to myself, "Oh My God, this is the year I got my Bachelor's degree and now here they are at the bachelor's level," or "wow I feel so ancient when I see this DOB (date of birth)."

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    How to Use Whatsapp Chat Messenger for Education and Learning Purposes

    Whatsapp is a new and hot mobile chat messenger making waves in Nigeria and all over the world. Whatsapp was able to penetrate the market easily because it offers cross-platform and cross-browser compatibility. It is supported in almost all mobile phones and other devices.

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    Whatsapp goes to school by Bouhnik and Deshen

    "It turns out that class WhatsApp groups are used for four main purposes: communicating with students; nurturing the social atmosphere; creating dialogue and encouraging sharing among students; and as a learning platform. The participants mentioned the technical advantages of WhatsApp, such as simple operation, low cost, availability, and immediacy"

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    The use of Whatsapp to support student learning

    Facilitators: Juliana Willemse, Nursing Department, UWC Daniela Gachago, ETU Fundani, CPUT Date and time: 20th of August 2015, 14.00-16.00 Venue: Old Science Building, Bellville Campus Seminar description: The use of mobile devices with their connectivity capacity, combined with the power social of media, provides a resource-rich platform for innovative student-directed learning experiences.

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