Brian Bergstein, Technology Writer for the Associated Press, has just written a review of YackPack. His verdict: YackPack Is More Emotionally Satisfying Than E-Mail, Voice Mail.
Smart man that Brian Bergstein, but then I've been bullish about YackPack from the get go!
Why does Brian love YackPack?: "Not only do tone and emotion come across, but I also felt freer to ramble in a natural, conversational way when I didn't have to type out my thoughts."
YackPack provides students with a platform to engage in social, collaborative, and active dialogue with their peers and instructor, without having to spend time trying to figure out how to make the technology work.
Moreover, because YackPack is so easy to use, it gives everyone in the learning community a chance to participate. No struggling to type quickly in a synchronous environment, or worrying about composing a post in an asynchronous forum.
The ability of students to exchange information and build relationships with each other in a "natural, conversational way" is what makes YackPack such an invaluable online educational tool.
And now it's even easier for you to use YackPack on your site--just pop the handy HTML snippet into your blog, web page, MSN or Yahoo! Group and presto: You're ready to start Yacking!
B.J. Fogg has designed a product that anyone--from the Net Generation to the Greatest Generation can use. But ultimately, YackPack isn't about technology, it's about relationships.