How to UsePART 1: What's a QuestChat? What's a Forum?
PART 2: How to prepare
PART 3: What does it look like?
PART 4: How to chat
PART 5: What's next?
WHAT'S A QUESTCHAT?
Chats are easy! They're powered by QuestChat software on the Quest website. No download is necessary - to participate, all you need is access to a graphical web browser (like Netscape or Internet Explorer).
With the proper teacher guidance, students will learn to:
Additionally, students will experience the excitement and inspiration accrued from interacting live with someone who works for NASA.
For those of you unable to attend live QuestChats,
we invite you to participate in our NASA Quest forums. Forums give you
a chance to interact with NASA experts at flexible and convenient times.
During the scheduled forum, you may submit questions to our featured expert(s)
in the same manner as you do with chats. Preparation for forums is quite
similar to chats. So our guidelines for preparing for a chat may also
be applied to our forums.
HOW TO PREPARE
Essentially, you will type your message into a box and submit it. The question or comment will in turn be posted into the Main Room where the expert and all chatters can see it and respond to it.
THE CHAT ROOM(S) Enter the chat room from the link provided at the chat announcement online entitled: "Join the Chat" In the room you will see:
THE FORUM ROOM(S) Enter the forum room either from the link provided at the forum announcement online entitled: "Join the forum" In the room you will see:
MESSAGE BOX AND CONTROLS Below the Main Room (you may have to scroll down) there is a large box. Directly under or beside that box is a button entitled "Refresh Screen or Submit New Message". (see illustration above). Both are key to your end of the chatting:
Use the box to type your message (It accommodates no carriage returns - one question per message please). The "Refresh Screen or Submit New Message" button both submits your message and also updates the Main Room. So, even if you aren't posting a message, in order to see new messages you must remember to click on this button frequently during the chat.
Below these are two additional entry areas:
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! As you enter the room, you will be offered the opportunity to enter your "handle." This is a means of identifying yourself so you will know when your question is posted. This should be a fictitious name as per COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) policy.
If you arrive after the chat has begun, please read all submitted question and answer pairs so that you will not duplicate what has already been answered. We try to avoid submitting the same question twice, even if the originator is different.
Have one representative type a message that lets us know that your group has arrived.
Then you're off and chatting! Please remind your
students to be courteous, and when you are finished, the experts love
to have you say goodbye and thanks.
When a chat is over please give us your comments about
your experience in the chat room.
Then check the chats schedule for future chats. We
hope this becomes an oft-repeated highlight to your classroom experience. NASA Quest-wide live interactions including chats
may be found at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/common/events
Then check the chats schedule for future chats. We hope this becomes an oft-repeated highlight to your classroom experience.
NASA Quest-wide live interactions including chats may be found at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/common/events