1. Carol Robb

    George- an interesting post and one that I agree with. To see my daughter reading Beezus and Ramona on her iPod in the back of my Murano the second day she got it made me realize how technology can improve literacy. She does not like to read, but WILL read books on the ipod or ipad. Our district promotes Information Technology Literacy and each Teacher Librarian is expected to teach our students its' relevance in their education. Texting/emailing/bb messengering, I agree, all help literacy. Since Payton starting texting she sees her spelling mistakes thanks to autocorrecting or asks me how to spell it. All positive growth to build literate and technologically savvy kids.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this, George. I'm so happy to have a little back up now when someone says to me, as they so often do, "Come on. You're an English teacher. Don't you think texting is making kids bad readers and writers?"

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  10. Kamile Ko

    I do not think so… Nowadays people are rushing all the time, so I believe that if we would pay more time for correct texting it could improve our language, but now… For young learners it mey be even harmful. That was the same for my son, but then I discovered this type of learning- ispanu
    and now I am proud of my son, now he teaces me :)

    • Dalton DeMorrow

      You are speaking of correcting text messages, but do posts not count? You said “mey” not may. I text constantly, and am on the laptop more than spelling. I am using absolutely no abbreviations just to prove a point that it does help.

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