[smc-discuss] WhatsApp and mental torture in school communities

Vivek K J Pazhedath vivekkj2004 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 6 22:15:56 PDT 2020

The schools use whatsapp for not only for sharing time table, they use it
for sending various study resources like notes, previous year question
papers, and audio messages that contains the small portion of class to
students. We can't urge them to use open source messengers because they are
not familiar with them. So in my opinion we can only suggest them for using
open source technologies but we can't force them..

Vivek K J

On Sun, 7 Jun, 2020, 10:30 AM Akshay S Dinesh, <asdofindia at gmail.com> wrote:

> What do schools do with a chat app, any idea?
> Do they send videos across? Or is it to communicate things like time
> table? Or are they using two way communication?
> There are several things which can be solved by thinking ahead.
> For example, time tables shouldn't be announced 10 minutes before class.
> Multi-way chats are probably unwanted. If at all required, perhaps, a
> large discourse instance with private areas are probably better for many
> reasons (including the ability to use it via email).
> There are people who don't know how to use email but do know how to use
> Whatsapp. But this is no reason to continue using Whatsapp for every damn
> problem. Like they say, everything looks like a nail for a person with a
> hammer, every problem gets solved through Whatsapp these days which is sad
> considering how Whatsapp creates more problems than it solves in many cases.
> Hosting videos, again, is better managed through a different solution
> where organizing content is more effectively done.
> I think, when we are suggesting a solution, we may actually suggest
> solutions to the actual problems than be drawn away by their attempted
> solution and offer alternatives to that solution whether or not they solve
> the original problem.
> If, instead of jumping to a half-baked (or 10% baked) solution like
> Whatsapp, the schools and department of education take a week off and think
> about what they want to do, this might be a brilliant opportunity to
> redefine the education system itself.
> What if there is one wiki where teachers of Kerala co-create textbooks in
> Malayalam like ck12.org ? We have the experience of running school wiki
> When switching to internet, it is dumb to not use the power of
> collaboration it offers. We have to tell the education department to now
> think about becoming futuristic (think edx, coursera, OCW, etc)
> Akshay
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