“I think I heard him for a moment there,” Jeremy Harmer mutters, pressing the headphone against his ear, as if that will make the voice louder.

“I think he said that intersubjectivity is pre-requisite for scaffolding to take place, but I’m not sure. He might have said Internecine rectorate raffia. We both want to discuss intersubjectivity but we’re having problems communicating so we’re having to guess and help each other out.”

His eyebrows furrowed in concentration, Jeremy once again clicks the green phone icon to call his friend in New York.

“Maybe he needs a new microphone. The one he’s using isn’t particularly efficient at capturing language. Last time we spoke I told him there are some great new microphones available from Amazon, but I’m not sure he picked up on my pragmatic meaning.”

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On the other side of the Atlantic, Scott Thornbury brings his fist down onto the desk as the call cuts off again.

“I’ve got my notes ready,” he says, tugging at his hair in frustration, “I was going to tell Jezza how empowering technology can be but Skype keeps cutting out and there’s nothing we can do about it.

“If we could hear each other, I’d be telling him how rewarding interactivity and engagement can be but I keep getting this error message.”

Scott shakes his head as five grey stars appear on the screen and he is prompted to rate the quality of the call.

“Not this again! I want to talk to Jezza about the concept of critical use, but I can’t because Skype’s such a piece of crap.”

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