At Chester Middle School, an hour north of New York City, Principal Ernie Jackson, 52, challenged his staff to teach poetry using text messaging. He then gave an old version of a state test to those students who texted in summaries of the poems and to those who learned the poems in a traditional manner.
The result: Those who texted averaged 80 percent on the exam, versus 40 percent for those who didn’t.
It may be worth trying.
I would especially like to try this in a literature course. I am teaching a literature course next week. That might be a great time to do it.
I am actually planning on using Twitter as my telegraphic lesson for Business Writing.