Should we forbid teachers to text students?
Date: October 11, 2012
From guest blogger Nick Cummins:
This Huffington Post article above deals with the texting issue and the ramifications of media and electronic communication.
In recent weeks, I have learned that some large school systems in Mississippi have programs that allow teachers to send mass texts to their students without the ability to reply. However, with the continual evolution of technology can educators and administrators continue to restrict usage?
Some of my colleagues in the College of Education discourage any use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. They also tell students never to reveal your cell phone number and never to send texts between students.
I understand the fears that educators have, but we must at least begin to embrace the things that our students use daily. Email is now going away with the millennial generation and texting or tweeting is the new communication tool. What are your thoughts on the use of media and communication tools...should they be banned or should we consider using alternatives in schools like Google Voice?
I look forward to your responses.
Nicholaus B. Cummins