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Web 2.0 and School Administrators
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
BSF, GOI! (translation below*, if needed)
Topic: E-Communication

*But seriously, folks, get over it!

USA Today just ran another article about text messaging and the demise of civilization as we know it because students regularly try to slip text acronyms into writing assignments.

I guess I'm having difficulty understanding why teachers aren't comfortable just telling students that there's a time and a place for texting and a time and a place for conventional written language and then sticking to it by refusing to accept papers that cross the line or by dropping the grade. Kids do understand consequences and will respond accordingly (I think).

But this particular topic rears its ugly head on a fairly regular basis, so maybe the solution isn't as simple as I think. What am I missing?

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Posted by sjbrooks_young at 1:28 PM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 5 September 2007 1:31 PM PDT

Wednesday, 5 September 2007 - 3:27 PM PDT

Name: "Derry Lyons"

...for the same reason my high school teachers wouldn't allow me to word process my assignments (I might copy/paste). I would imagine there are some very bright and articulate students who will thrill in the use of poetry and literature but, when the bell rings, will be IM'ing their friends. Kids can know multiple languages, and IM is just another language in the arsenal. If the teacher doesn't speak Spanish and everyone knows the papers need to be in English, that's the expectation (as Susan said).

...so I'm wondering what would have happened if I turned in my history mid-term in morse code... ..-.. .- ..- --.

:)

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