Executive SummaryEdit

Text messaging allows users to send and receive short messages on their cell phones. Teachers can use text messaging to stay in touch with other teachers when long phone conversations are not convenient. The service is similar to web-based instant messaging and e-mail. Because of the popularity of text messaging, teachers should be aware of students' cell phone activity during class. In most school districts, student use of cell phones during class is not acceptable.

Text messaging with cell phones Edit

What is this? Edit

Text messaging uses the Short Message Service (SMS) data application found on cell phones and PDAS. Messages can be sent directly to other people or to automated systems.

Platform Edit

Cell phones

Application in Innovation Edit

Text messaging cannot be used by teachers to interact with their students or their parents. However, it may be helpful in maintaining communication between teachers of a department or subject.

Applications in Efficiency Edit

Sending text messages is fast and easy to learn. It is a quick way to communicate small amounts of information to other adults.

Applications in Community Edit

Texting only aids in building community among teachers.

Required technical proficiency Edit

This is a very easy technology to use. Only novice cell phone skills are required.

Similar to / different from Edit

Instant messaging services, e-mail, and discussion boards are similar to text messaging. E-mail is an especially appropriate venue for communicating information to students, teachers, and parents. Discussion boards can be used to assess students' learning outside of the classroom.

Limitations Edit

Not every cell phone has a text messaging feature, and not every cell phone user is willing to pay for the service. Students may use text messages to harass other students or may use them as a diversion from class activities.

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