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great e-pal questions answered
Wed Jun 17, 2015 15:10

The SLP I collaborated with on this project told parents what we were doing. We only sought permission when we turned it into a research project later. You could talk with your principal and describe what you wanted to do, and your local school system would let you know about permissions. Always wise to ask. Schools are conservative institutions.

Re:monitoring. My college students were required to reply and include their partner's email in their reply (so the SLP on the other end could assist the students in reading and understanding the reply) and to BCC me (so that I had a record of the interaction. Occasionally a problem would arise and having a copy allowed me to help. E.g., one adolescent with disabilities quite naturally was interested in sex and asked some very personal questions and then advice on whether she should kiss her social studies teacher who she was in love with. Because I had a copy I could talk with the SLP in MN who intervened, helped the child understand what was appropriate, and what might have been a big deal was no problem at all.

Also, the SLP used a system called (free for individual teachers). That sent a copy of every child's email into a sent box that she could monitor as the teacher who set up the accounts. So it was easily monitored on both ends. It was a powerful experience for all of the students with disabilities and many of the college students.

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