We talk to our students but they like to text

BBC News has reported on research from the US indicating that texting has become the most popular form of communication among young people.

Interesting findings included-

  • More than 30% of teens send more than 100 texts a day.
  • Texting has eclipsed mobile phone calls among teenagers for the first time.
  • Two-thirds of teenagers are now more likely to text their friends than call them on the phone.
  • Girls on average send or receive more texts than boys – 80 messages per day compared to 30.

While the figures quoted are for US teenagers I think (anecdotally anyway) we’d see the same sort of figures if we did similar research in Australia and Albury-Wodonga.

Do these findings match your own thoughts or observations of your students or your own children? If these figures do hold true in an Australian setting what implications does this have for our teaching practices? I’m not sure that our students would be happy with having us “intrude” into what they see as their private space by texting them regarding teaching matters; or would they?

Do you see any benefit in using texting as part of your teaching practice? With WIOTs move to Moodle as our new LMS it does offer the ‘benefit’ or ‘opportunity’ for our students to access it via the newly developed Moodle iPhone application.

We’d be very interested in any thoughts or comments you may have regarding this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Finally, an interesting and somewhat important finding- teenagers preferred texting to phone calls because it could be carried out under the noses of parents, teachers or other authority figures. Hmmm…. this sounds like my children! 🙂

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