• It is a note writing tool for engaging and discussing ideas

  • Students can all “talk” at once and it’s still quiet in the room
  • Unlike out loud discussions that vanish into thin air – letters leave artefacts that can be used or assessed later
  • Live – here and now conversations are when students pass notes in class
  • Take away version is when the reader has to wait and retrieve the note from a mailbox or email etc to read it
  • Teacher may like to join in the conversation as well
  • Students might typically have a regular dialogue journal buddy and write to each other once a wee
  • The text is the key to success of the activity. You need something short, complex and central to the subject field.