Saturday, August 2, 2008

Text Messaging Shakespeare!

An 11th grade English teacher Inez Brown is encouraging students to use text messaging to build their knowledge about Shakespeare. The students are using text messaging (in groups so not all students need to have a cell phone) to summarize and answer critical thinking questions (each text is 140 words or less) about Richard III. Since the students can only use 140 words or less, they need to consider how they word their answers and think of only the most important or profound pieces of the reading.

Using a tool like Wiffiti or Polleverywhere's Open Polls would be a nice addition to this text messaging assignment. Students could see all of their text messages immediately on the open boards. And a discussion could ensue.

Image retrieved from Phil Romans

1 comment:

Richard said...

That is an interesting and creative way to make use of modern day technology. I just wonder what the kids with no cell phone, or no text message plan do? I mean all I have is an emergency cell phone and there is no way I would text on it.

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