Around the screen : computer activities in children's by Pal Andre Aarsand.

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This distinction, however, is not only sustained, but also challenged by the social interaction that took place in the classroom. In the text, it is shown how this distinction is made and displayed in the classroom through differentiation between ratified participants and bystanders. The bystanders are told half of the story, namely that something worth knowing is taking place on MSN, but the content is restricted to those who have access to the chat room. This means that the online and offline distinction is treated by the participants as a border between different activities.

9 SONY Network Handycam (1,5 Mega Pixels). 0 Mega Pixels). 11 SONY ECM-NV1. 38 Using video recordings and field notes Audio and video recording have been the main data collection techniques in studies of what has been called ‘naturally’ occurring interaction, meaning interaction that is not initiated by the researcher, such as interviews are (Potter, 1996). Silverman (2001) claims that there are several advantages to using audiotapes in data collection. Similar advantages are also valid when we talk about video recorded material.

Moreover, the dimension of gender became visible during breaks, when the girls stayed with the girls, and the boys with the boys (for similar patterns, cf. M. H. Goodwin, 1990; Thorne, 1993). Table 2: Participants6 Girls Boys Diana Joel Camilla Jon Maria Mathias Helena Lukas Linda Daniel Sabina Johannes Mathilda Malte Fanny Anders All of the students were 13 years old, except for Mathias who was 14 years old, at the start of the fieldwork. Staff members were, of course, part of the school as were students from other classes, but because the focus has been on the children’s computer activities, other parties are not included in the 6 The names of the participants have been changed.

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