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The Pull of Participation: Multilogues in Online Literature Discussions
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, , Virginia Tech, United States

CITE Journal Volume 1, Number 3, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

On two Thursday afternoons each semester, a group of between 15 and 20 eighth-grade students at Blacksburg Middle School (BMS) stays after school with teacher Donna Logan. For the first hour or so, they do homework, or read the novel they are supposed to have completed by 4:00 this afternoon, or laugh and talk with each other and with Ms. Logan as she tries to get ready for the evening. They eat pizza she has ordered and drink sugary sodas. They are noisy and often silly, even the ones whose classroom presence was quiet, studious, and, in some cases, barely noticeable. At 3:45 they throw their cups and pizza plates away, grab their novels, and hustle with Ms. Logan to the computer lab on the first floor. There they will each log on to "A Room with a MOO," a virtual room in a virtual house, where they will await the arrival of their Virginia Tech (VT) pals, who at this point are finishing up a day of work or student teaching or attending classes. While the middle schoolers wait, they will investigate the other rooms in the "house"—the kitchen, salon, library, or den, perhaps—and see who else is there or who has managed to pass through before they arrived.

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Carico, K.M. & Logan, D. (2001). The Pull of Participation: Multilogues in Online Literature Discussions. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 1(3), 355-370. Norfolk, VA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved May 23, 2019 from .

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