Part One: Summary
This article explored the use of texting in the classroom, and offered research backing up why it is a good idea. Today, nearly every single student in a K-12 classroom is familiar, if not extremely comfortable, with technology such as email, the internet and smartphone use. According to the article “Why Texting Should be a Part of Teaching,” 62% of teachers would like to use more technology in their classrooms than they are currently utilizing. A simple, yet effective, vessel for that technology use is through the use of texting.
The article notes that schools are already in use of one-way communication through some sort of technology; be it newsletters or emails. This is a way for information to be conveyed to both parents and students alike. The new approach is two-way communication like texting. The study which is referenced often throughout the duration of the article noted that the new way to use texting is to open the channel for students to ask questions directly to the teacher. Some teachers took it as far as to design their texts to the class as a sort of review for quizzes or exams, and the students were to respond to the text with their answers.
Part Two: Questions and Answers
Question One: Does it work?
Answer One: According to the study done in the article, yes. The study took two groups of undergraduate students and corresponded with one group via text. They relieved four texts a week–reminders for readings quizzes and expectations for assignments and things along those lines. The texts also potentially included additional links for materials to assist with those assignments like videos or articles, as well as opportunities to communicate with the instructor. Students who had these resources available to them performed much higher than their classmates who did not receive those text messages.
Question Two: What are some potential issues?
Answer Two: A risk that comes with a teacher sharing any of their information is abuse or harassment from students such as prank calls or internet searches. This could sprout from in-class texting–there is no way to block texts from a phone, meaning that a student could call or text the teacher, or vice versa, at any point. Does this mean teachers must get a separate phone number in order for this exchange to happen? They could potentially open an online texting app, but this could potentially open another door of issues as far as accessibility is concerned.