Hi Basia, I could sense that this is a p…

Hi Basia, I could sense that this is a pain point that you are experiencing and it’s very cool that you developed an idea to deal with it. I have not been in a Japanese classroom but from what I know and have heard, Japanese students are expected to conform to the social norms, and speaking up in class would be considered probably very impolite! Which leads me to the question, is there evidence that they would be more willing to speak out through a text format? If it’s a social norm to not be disrespectful, does changing the format of the communication really modify this behaviour? It probably does, but it would be great to see research backing it up.

I do have some concerns about letting students use their smart devices in the classroom. There’s quite a bit of research suggesting that cellphones are just very disruptive and distracting. Would it not be better to try and give students the opportunity to chat in real life and collaborate in the class? I think I would find it pretty challenging to lecture, and moderate this chat room as a teacher!