I’ve seen several topics similar to this one, but because I believe my situation is unique I decided to make a new topic. I’m going to give a little backstory and then get to my point.
I teach at a small public school and have started a fairly successful go club here. Right now I only have 4 who attend our meetings regularly (down from our membership in the Fall), but I’ve been focusing on nurturing their growth and the enjoyment they get from the game.
I’ve been working diligently to grow the club by communicating with my GT coordinator and allowing me to teach it once a week during 5th grade’s GT time, the librarian for the purchase of go books, the administration, and the summer program sponsors. This summer I’m going to be teaching go to K-12 students as an activity period option, and I’m trying to lay all of the groundwork early to make it as successful as possible. When next Fall rolls around, hopefully I can have a regular afterschool Go program that also provides rides home to all who stay (which is currently my biggest barrier for attendance, as the kids I introduce go to are enthusiastic about learning it). I plan on making extensive use of OGS once we get to a reasonable degree of proficiency with the rules and basic strategy since it’s the easiest to access from a technology point of view, and the easiest to operate in my opinion.
All that said, with the 5th Grade GT students I’ve noticed a potential bug. My district has strict rules on students operating online. Chat being something that’s difficult to work around. I helped my GT students sign up without an email address because it was my understanding that chat was disabled until an email was registered. Unfortunately, today we played a few games and the students noticed that they were receiving in-game messages from their opponent and were able to respond. We had to get off of OGS for the remainder of the time and instead play games with each other using the 9x9 boards we have in class.
I would love to use OGS with my students to help them get stronger quickly, but I need for there to be a way other than Malkovitch Logs to disable chatting with others. It’s not a self-restraint issue, but rather a liability one for me. If this is a bug and we, as a school, can sign up without emails and keep the ability to chat turned off, great! If this is intended and I just misunderstood, I would love for their to be an ability to turn off chat all together so my students can use OGS starting in the Fall.
Thank you all for your time, and I hope you’re all having a rockin’ Thursday! <3