Text messaging Pros Cons0 Convenience 0 Texting while0 Quick mode of driving communication 0 Added expense to phone bills0 Emergence of a new 0 Lack of substantive 21st century communication language 0 Most importantly,0 The ability to the lack of grammar affectively multitask and writing skills in young students
So, what are educators seeing?Lack of: -Capitalization -Punctuation -Formal writing skills - Slang words -Proper Sentence Structure
The emergence of a new language?0 Others are proud that the younger generation are creating a new 21st century language.0 Believe it will have little to no affect on formal writing skills0 Text messaging will enhance student’s spelling skills
The Idiot’s Guide to Deciphering Texting Terms0 OMG = Oh My God0 GTG = Got to go0 BRB = Be Right back0 LOL= Laugh out loud0 BTW = By the way0 SMH = Shaking my head0 WTF = What the F*!?*0 TTYL = Talk to you later0 JK= Just Kidding
Not only in the classroom…0 State Exams0 E-mail0 Job applications0 Resumes
Long term effects of text messaging0 Constant spelling and grammatical errors0 Inappropriate abbreviations0 Negative effects on interpersonal communication0 Distraction in class-jeopardize academic future0 Expected rise in the number of high school dropouts0 Children being taught to write at a rapid pace are failing to think analytically-answering quickly without much thought.0 Decline in college bound children.
Teachers taking action 0 Schools have banned cell phones citing “educational and disruptive reasons” 0 Confiscated cell phones used during class time 0 Teaching lessons now include emphasis on spelling, grammar, and proper sentence structure.
Parents Fighting Back0 Argue that cell phones belong in the classroom: 0 You can be in touch with your children, and know their whereabouts. 0 Your kids can reach you in the event of an emergency 0 If in danger, your children can reach the authorities or a medical provider. 0 Phones can be silenced during class or study periods, and active only in appropriate places. 0 Cell phones create a convenience that was previously unavailable. With cell phones, you can easily reach your kids for any reason: to ask them questions, change plans, or to simply say hello.
0 Cell phones have become tooCell phone bans too vital to daily existence.harsh? 0 Gives parents a peace of mind“Cell phones in class 0 Students will need their phonesshould not be banned in cases of emergencies.but should be 0 Scheduling concernswelcomed with openarms ...”
Are parents jeopardizing children’s educational future?0 Active supporters of cell phones in schools0 Don’t see the detrimental affects cell phones are having on education0 Some blame it on a “teenage phase”0 Lobbied for school bans on cell phones to beoverturned