Can Texts Be Used to Teach?

Poems in a text

Too hip, too cool, too easy

To be seen in class

While texting has become a problem in some schools, others are trying to embrace the changing face of technology. There's still a time and a place for text messaging, but can it be useful to the classroom? Chester Middle School Principal Ernie Jackson thinks so, to the point that he challenged his teachers to incorporate texting into lesson plans.

The result: a text-tastic rise in state test grades. Once social studies teacher Mel Wesenberg started using texting to help students navigate the tricky, topsy turvy world of poetry, their state grades rose from 40 to 80 percent.

Have you ever texted a poem to a friend? If not, try it today and let us know what kind of response you get back!

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