Does text messaging harm students' writing skills?

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Although I've read only a

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Although I've read only a portion of the comment list, I'm impressed at how articulate the remarks are. Many of the submissions are from teachers like me who bemoan the southerly direction of the language of Milton and Keats. Strangely (from what I've read in this blog), few (maybe no) texters have submitted comments. While it's true that I'm able to make out some of the more obvious abbreviations (OMG, WDYT, etc.) I'd like for someone to point me to a source of accepted texting terms, or better yet, have someone reply to this or some other comment, using text style.

that is true

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that is true

Influential

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I find texting can actually benefit students writing and thinking skills. Without even realizing it, text messaging can help you become a better speller, thanks to T9, and a faster thinker and writer, thanks to the rapid way of communication. So stop looking down on text messaging. Think of the positives it brings and get use to this new way teenagers communicate!

Brenda (not verified)

Its both positive and

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Its both positive and negative depending with an individual. I use text messaging but i have never directed them to my assignments in class. Its all about knowing when and where to use them.

Brenda (not verified)

Its both positive and

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Its both positive and negative depending with an individual. I use text messaging but i have never directed them to my assignments in class. Its all about knowing when and where to use them.

ophelia (not verified)

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Hello, my name is Ophelia Shirley. I am a Walden student and I teach kindergarten. At my grade level texting is not a problem. However, I have noticed texting language in student writing of the upper grades. I also agree with some of you that texting is another style of writing. I believe teachers should teach this style of writing so students may know the difference. Here is an idea, why not allow students to write an essay in texting style and one in standard style. Then compare and contrast both styles. Perhaps, then discuss rules of both styles. Texting has changed our way of writing along with computers, kindles, and ipods.

Oh, on a side note, I have seen some of my friends text in Navajo! It is funny and unusual, yet creative.

Saifaanee Titi (not verified)

texting is not too bad!!!!!!!!!!!!

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i agree that texting does not affect the language....wen i use text,i shorten the words but not written out the whole words.... but when i write in school, i use to write the whole words....i know how to write in texting and how to write in school unfortunately the lecturer in school has read out the notes very fast...then i write it in short so that i can catch up all the notes........
therefore...texting does not affect the language...all people can control how to write words when use texting and so in classes......

Brad Feick (not verified)

I Agree

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I agree that texting is another form of writing. Although I do see "u" and "i" sneaking into student essays, I think that we need to acknowledge that this is another literacy. Students need to be strong in all literacies. These students know the "rules" of texting and are constantly decoding meaning from acronyms. However, we do need these same students to understand the power grammar rules.

Brad Feick
English Teacher
Plymouth High School
Wisconsin

Destinie Mogg (not verified)

Texting only affects those who cannot write to begin with.

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I am a freshman college and I have been texting all of my life. From the time I received my cell phone, until this very moment, I am texting my boyfriend, and I can promise you, it has no affect on my writing skills. I am in the honors program and even before I was given my cell phone for my 13th birthday, I was perfectly fine in my pre-AP and Ap programs. I am not trying to sound stuck up, but think about it. Obviously, the person who said texting had ruined their life when it came around was not aware they could not write or spell to begin with and cell phones have been around since before they were born. (Texting is nothing different than writing an e-mail, if you are in a rush you shorten your words and if not, you have the ability to write them out.) They read as if they are in junior high and in those grades levels, writing has yet to be perfected. Either this is the explanation, or they were faking the comment to make a point. Either way their argument in invalid. I can almost promise you an eighth grader cannot use foremost in a casual sentence. School district have policies against texting and if they were an honors student, they should have been responsible enough to not text in class. If you cannot spell, you cannot pass your english courses because several teachers have policies that deduct points from an essay, or paper for misuse of words, or spelling errors.
To conclude my argument I would say that texting has been somewhat beneficial to me because throughout school I used T9Word, which made me spell out words and corrected the use of anachronisms. It was a faster way to text and had no effects that altered my writing skills. Writing is a learnt skill and one's ability to write is dependent on either how seriously you take school, or how much you write in your classes.

sehana naag (not verified)

texting ruin my life

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texting had a great impact to me,coz first and foremost I was not able to concentrate with my studies because of texting.Ahhh, I hate it. Before I was one of the honor student in class but then it happened a time that texting ruined my life!!!!!

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