Can Texting Improve Children’s Spelling and Grammar?
A new study, found on the Telegraph.co.uk, suggests that “texting may improve children’s spelling and grammar because using abbreviations such as ‘gr8’ makes them think about language phonetically.” This new data from the National Literary Trust is somewhat perplexing for many educators because while there is no clear evidence that the use of texting delays children’s ability to learn the proper rules for spelling and grammar, there just is not enough concrete evidence to prove texting helps all children, of different ability levels, successfully learn to write. Regardless of what my feelings are about the study, the bigger question for all educators is how to appropriately use texting (or any other tech resource) as a tool in the literacy debate. I believe technology use in schools is important; however, I want to ensure we are using the right forms of technology to meet the individual needs of all children. tlb
Head of Lower School & Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Louisville Collegiate School