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Comment by Tim Musgrave on May 28, 2010 at 8:13am
FANTASTIC! What a blast... I actually thought it was typing as I read, until I noticed the date of the post... going to http://livetyping.com as we speak,
thank you EFL Classroom.
Comment by Ellen Pham on May 28, 2010 at 9:56am
David, remember when you wanted to add a ticker tape to the front page? :D

I still feel the same way about this effect- it drives me :P Fun to DO, obnoxious to READ!

I think I am going to change my name to " 2 cents worth" ; )

Good thing Tim likes it!

(Congrats on the 10 year mark, Tim! <3 )

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Comment by ddeubel on May 28, 2010 at 2:42pm
Ellen,

You are a digital VISITOR!!! Sorry to peg you :) but I think young and fully charged digilites will like the tool. Secretly, I'm a bit like you and it annoys me. I made a ppt today and put in some "typing" -- didn't like it and changed that..... I guess we are both victims of our "place" -- that's what life is - we think we control so much when really we control so little and are formed.....

Tim has the right attitude though, muck about!
Comment by Ellen Pham on May 28, 2010 at 5:48pm
I'll ask 'the boys' (Adele is just a little too old to be a native). You know, David, I think even the boys aren't quite fully native. It wasn't until they were about 12 that there was something (besides making the old mac text-to-speech program say, "goddamnit you kids" and having fits of giggles) they wanted to do on the computer (Star Craft, among other natural curiosities, I am sure) But those are the youngest subjects I have immediate access to.

I was wondering if it had to do with reading fluency... if you can easily outread the typing, the effect gets more annoying? Though I'm sure it also has to do with age, and what I am used to expecting from text (being able to read it at my internal speed!)

Sigh... always the visitor ; )

TIM has an active imagination- I actually thought it was typing as I read, until I noticed the date of the post ... he probably wants to pull pranks with it :D
Comment by Ellen Pham on May 29, 2010 at 5:59am
I'm a digital immigrant, David!
Comment by Tim Musgrave on May 29, 2010 at 8:54am
Actual live typing can be seen on the Wave (google that is)...
When two people are on one wave it can sometimes get quite confusing, but in a good way - maybe - I think this has the possibility to change written discourse.
Think about it... the wave has the power to change the way people communicate in text/email/IM, - for example - in the same way you can anticipate a spoken sentence in discourse and prepare the answer (even interrupting and changing the topic of the discourse) you can now do this on Wave... you can see and anticipate what is written resulting in a totally new writing experience. Negative points, you don't have the same filter as in spoken discourse... if you make a mistake, or write something that can be misconstrued repairing that mistake is far harder. Positive points for the ESL classroom, students can do some writing on separate waves and the teacher can highlight and underline mistakes as the activity progresses.
Comment by Ellen Pham on May 29, 2010 at 9:46am
I remember reading about that feature, Tim... and people thinking it was cool and wishing there was a way to turn it off. I don't know what I'll do, I already jump the gun (I am fast in the chat box)... well, the fights and misunderstandings could be fun, as long as there's make-up time : ).

We'll have to do a study to see if mistakes corrected on the fly is a helpful practice or not... oh, I am so old ; ) Except there is this whole train of thought that pointing out errors actually exacerbates them- that it's much more helpful to simply point out what is correct. One of the examples that's used to back up this way of thinking is why do people persist in mixing up "there" and "their" or "your" and "you're" when we are corrected over and over?
Comment by Tim Musgrave on May 29, 2010 at 10:10am
And practice and practise... confusing

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