Is Texting Actually Helpful to our Kids?

Recently, the subject of kids’ obsession with texting came up during a casual lunch with friends. Specifically, the new theory that these kids of the digital age might eventually benefit from similar technologies in the classroom. One worry has nagged teachers and parents ever since cell phones landed in every adolescent’s pocket; That the unique acronyms, abbreviations, and symbols of texting might interfere with the learning of “proper” English and language structure.

How will this trend toward speed and screens apply to books that young people read? And how will it affect the books our future authors will produce? Worth considering, isn’t it?

Check out this week’s School Library Journal’s article titled Study: TMOT, Texting Can Help Reading Skills

Quote for the Day: If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1000 MPG. — Bill Gates

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