Texting in class…this teacher approves! Yesterday’s blog post, Twitter in the Classroom, suggested the use of one form of social media to engage students. Today’s post suggests text messages or SMS. SMS is short messaging system and is used more often than calling on the telephone. (This is not based on research. This just just based on personal experience and obeservations!)
Again classtools.net provides a SMS generator. Students use icons to create a chat between two characters. This could be between two fictional or historical characters. You could also assign a conversation between a modern and historical figure. Students can save work for future changes and edit orgina entries. Classtools.net provides the opportunity to create a QR code or embed code for blogs and wikis. Here is a sample:
A pin on Pinterest prompted me to create this blog post. One teacher used text messages as part of her morning message. This would also be a great anticpatory set for the lesson. The picture is below and is linked to her blogger account. Although these are “fake” texts, there are many opportunities to use texts to gather live data from texts. In the middle school, a collegaue and I had students text parents and grandparents to find out what invention changed their lives growing up. As responses were received, a shared google document was updated. Students were blown away by responses. As I write this post, my daughter just informed me of free apps that generate fake texts as well.