I have been reading a lot recently about how teachers deal with students using their phones in class. The Los Angeles Times describes methods teachers use such as requiring students to put their phones in a shoe rack hanging from the wall or putting strict penalties on students who use a cell phone in class.
While abuse of cell phone usage in class is definitely an issue, some educators are embracing the texting craze and using it as a means to help their students. Here are 4 ways that teachers can use text alerts to help students.
- Due Dates
Students of all ages need reminders about homework! Teachers can send a quick text to their classroom reminding about homework due dates. Students can never use the excuse of “I forgot” again!
In addition to reminding students of due dates for homework, teachers can send texts to remind students what the homework assignment is and what is expected for students to receive a passing grade. Then students will have the assignment details conveniently available on their phones for easy access.
- Additional Resources
Teachers can send links to videos, websites, or other resources to help support the material learned in class. Students are more likely to use these additional resources if they receive a text about them on their personal phones and can easily follow a link.
Getting on the students’ level by using text messages is a creative way to engage with them and encourage interactivity. Teachers can ask questions and invite feedback; then students can respond, and teachers can use the responses to help improve the educational experience.
Educators need to be continually innovative, always thinking of ways to reach their students and help them learn. With most students (now even as early as elementary school) using texting as their primary means of communication, it only makes sense that teachers would want to try joining in.