You know you’ve seen it, whether chatting online or texting on a cell phone. But is texting language good or bad for kids’ learning?
A number of parents and teachers are concerned that the rise in popularity of IMing and text messaging among kids might be hurting their written language skills. Could this be true?
On one hand, more and more teachers in the United States have discovered "text-speak" or "textisms" in the formal schoolwork of their students. Students are actually including things like emoticons (smileys and such), acronyms ("LOL"), abbreviations ("ru going?"), and numeric short cuts ("l8ter 2day") in their written assignments.
Many teachers consider texting language to be conversational slang for the tech-savvy generation. And th…Read more >