Students learn poetry by texting

While items like cell phones are generally seen as distractions from the learning process, some schools are looking for creative ways to embrace new technology and make it an effective part of the school day.

Chester Middle School in New York is one.  Their principal challenged a reading and social studies teacher to find ways to use text messaging to teach poetry.  The results?  Kids who incorporated their cell phones in the learning process scored an 80% on the state test, while those who did not scored 40%.  Read the article here.

This shows it’s possible to enhance learning by allowing students to use those technological devices they’re so attached to.  As we move forward into “21st Century Classrooms,” the goal will be to look at more ways to integrate technology options to support our students.

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