A recent survey put out by free texting app textPlus shows 43% of teens 13-17 text during class, with 17% doing so constantly. Wiregrass Ranch High School Senior Zac Serota admitted he texts, "pretty much all times of the day."Here is one teacher's attempt to engage students through the use of their cell phones, courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief.
A Florida school is using text messaging as part of classroom instruction. Jill Lloyd, who teaches 11th- and 12th-grade science, is using a free online program to survey students and project a live feed of the discussion on a screen in the front of the class. Students share phones with others who do not have them, and say they enjoy using the technology. "It gets the whole class to participate," one student said. WFTS-TV (Tampa, Fla.)