- Entering The Chat Room
- Identifying Yourself
- Showing Posted Messages and Scrolling Back
- The Forum Option
- Step 1 -> Registering:
- Click on the registration link on the chat calendar and
follow the registration instructions. You will be sent confirmation
that you have registered successfully for the chat and given a specific
URL, user name and password. You must keep this information since
you will need it when you want to enter the chat room.
- Step 2 -> Entering The Chat Room:
- Point your Web browser to the specific chat room location (URL)
that you were given when you registered.
- Enter the User Name and password EXACTLY as you were given in
your confirmation. If you delete or add spaces...you wil be denied
entry and will have to try again.
- Step 3 -> Identifying Yourself:
- You should always begin a chat by identifying yourself!
- Above the large white chat box, you will find a smaller white
box that asks for your "first name." If you do not type anything
in this box the name that you used in registration will be added
to your posted message. If you are sharing your log-in or computer
with other classmates and you want to identify yourself specifically,
you may type your name in this box.
- Your class registered as Lincoln Elem. If you do not type
anything in this box only Lincoln Elem. will be posted. If you
are one of the students at Lincoln Elem and your name is Carla,
you should type in Carla in the box. The following will be posted
when you submit a message: Carla-Lincoln Elem.
- You registered as Sherie/Woodland H.S. Another classmate
is using your log-in. If she does not type in a name in the
box the message she posts will have Sherie/Woodland H.S. If
she wants to identify herself as another user, then she should
type in her name. If her name is Candra and she types it in,
the following will be posted when she submits a message:
- Step 4 ->Showing posted messages and Scrolling Back:
- Under the chat dialogue box are the choices" Show at least_" and
"Scroll back_ messages." The show at least is set at 10. If you
leave this number at 10 you will see the last 10 messages that have
been posted each time you click "Refresh screen or Submit New Message."
If for some reason you wish to see more messages, you can change
this number. We have found that 10 seems to be an ideal number and
recommend you leave this default. As the chat progresses, there
will be more than 10 messages posted and they will not all show
on your screen. If you want to go back and see some earlier posted
messages you can enter a number in this box and click on refesh
screen. This will post that number of messages.
- Scroll back: If you type a number in the scroll back box and click
on refresh screen it will bring you back that many messages. This
is helpful if you think you may have missed dialogue or if you want
to go back and see more than the last 10 posted messages. The small
numbers after each dialogue posted tells you the dialogue number
posted and the time. For example in this posted message:
[Emily-Woodland H.S. - 21 - 12:22:26 ]
This is the 21st message posted and it was posted at 12:22 p.m.
- Step 5 -> Chatting:
- Chat Window: To send a message or question, type it into the large
- Refresh Screen or Submit New Message: Once you have completed
your message click this button to send your message out to the other
You must click this button each time you want to see new dialogue.
We suggest about every 15 seconds.
The Forum Option
Please note: All chats are monitored. Discussions about math, science,
space, technology, gender equity and topics particular to the women's professions
are appropriate. Inappropriate dialogue will not be tolerated and will result
in immediate refusal to post any additional dialogue.
- Sometimes due to expert's working schedule we are not able to offer
a live QuestChat opportunity. The solution is a QuestForum. Registration
and participation is the same as a chat except that the interaction
is not in real time. Forums will typically be held during a designated
period of time. You may submit questions to the Forum room. The expert
will answer as many of these questions as time permits, and the answers
will be posted in the chat room. You may return later to see your answers
or check the archived forum.
Capturing text to save it yourself: If you want to save any or
all of the dialogue text yourself you can simply cut and paste into any
word processing document.
Reading archived dialogue: All chat dialogue will be saved, edited
and placed as a file that you can link to from the featured women's bio.
Chats are usually archived the day following the chat.