How texting is impacting students' writing?
According to an article on Scholastic.com, texting can:
- encourage phonology - abbreviating words such as, 'tonight' to '2nite.'
- allow kids to play with words
- encourage reading and creativity
The thing about texting is that teachers find that it hinders students from learning and that it is a total distraction. Back when texting was not around, handwriting notes and sending it to classmates would have been considered a total distraction also. Texting is not much more of a distraction than passing notes to a friend.
Evolution of texting
Not only do students learn about abbreviating words from texting. There has also been a development of unwritten rules of texting that have emerged and that many people can consider as texting etiquette.
Can texting benefit our student's writing?
However, I believe:
- They are learning when to switch from text writing to formal writing and vice versa.
- Texting does encourage students to write more.
- With guidance, students can learn to use texting as a tool to practice formal writing.