Cell phone messaging, often referred to as SMS or texting, has been around since 1992. Originally, it began as a way for telecom employees to communicate with one another without using limited bandwidth. Quickly the popularity grew and it became an essential communication tool for consumers who found that sending short, text-based messages to one another was convenient, helpful, and much simpler than calling in many instances. Source: Wikipedia
For most of us, the thought of cellphones in the classroom is one in which distraction reigns. Unfettered access to text messaging does not seem particularly well-suited to ensuing that kids get the education that they need. In fact, at first glance, it seems like it would encourage the opposite – endless text messaging, a lack of attention to subject matter, and the like. There’s no denying the fact that texting can be distracting, but there is also the fact that when used correctly, text messages can actually play an important role in educating our children. There are quite a few ways that texting can be worked into the classroom, to provide additional learning points.
When text messaging was first introduced on cellular phones, communicating this way was mainly done between personal acquaintances; until it wasn’t. It didn’t take long before a younger generation was texting their acceptance of a job offer or asking a client to meet for drinks after work.