The 3R's Reading, (w)Riting, Reconsider
Young people love to read I said. They send dozens of text messages everyday (writing) and they receive dozens of text messages in return (reading) on their cell phones. Teens read and write all day, everyday. They also read and write through their social networks like Facebook and MySpace.
We all agreed that writing in txt msg code, cleverly codified as it is, leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to submitting a report or an essay for a class. Students need to know how and when to code switch. It's okay to use txt msg code with your friends but not a good idea to use it when submitting formal papers. A student would be foolish to write a college essay or fill out a job application using txt msg code. That's where the teacher's work needs to begin/continue.
Look around you. Our students are reading and writing and being artistic and creative with their gadgets everyday for hours on end. They're enthralled with their devices on the bus, at the dinner table, while driving, during my class. And no, they are not reading the New York Times or the Washington Post and no they are not using the correct spelling or proper grammar when they write, but they're in the ball park. They're writing, they're communicating. They're exploring the World Wide Web. Our job is to coach them and to drive them home.
or a parent and save it to my cell phone.
If I'm not satisfied with the note and decide
to start the note over again, I can trash it.
I took this picture last year in Virginia, with a cell phone.
Every student on the trip ( a college tour through Virginia)
had a cell phone. Hundreds of text messages were sent and received
over the five days we spent touring campuses.
They were reading and writing daily.
Most smartphones like the one above allow you to
download and read books right from the device itself.
It's possible to have all your text books for your
different classes on your cell phone.