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Text Messaging and Implications for its use in Education

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Title:Text Messaging and Implications for its use in Education
Authors:Tomita, Dean
Author Affiliation:Dean K. Tomita - University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Date Issued:2009
Abstract:In schools across the country, digital natives born after 1980 seamlessly integrate technology into many aspects of their lives. This researcher investigated one particular method of communication referred to as text-messaging, and focused on Twitter, a relatively new form of text-messaging called microblogging, and its implications for education. Do tools like Twitter affect a student’s ability to read and write? How do tools like Twitter support the formation of communities of practice? Is there a place for these tools in education? If so, how can they best be leveraged to positively impact education? Educators have found that tools like Twitter do have a place in education for both students and teachers. Text-messaging encourages students to write more and allows educators to communicate and facilitates the formation of communities of practice. Although opponents say that text-messaging encourages poor writing habits, studies have shown that students are able to distinguish between informal and formal writing.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections: TCC 2009 Proceedings

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