… by a reporter for The Hatchet, George Washington University’s student newspaper. Subject: Texting. Has it damaged my students’ writing?

Stay tuned. I’ll link to the article as soon as it appears.

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2 Responses to “UD was just interviewed…”

  1. Joe Fruscione Says:

    Can’t wait to read it, UD.

    I say, yes–texting (and IMing) has damaged students’ writing. I have students who can’t spell well, can’t edit well, can’t proofread well. This is due, in part, to SpellCheck and autocorrect/autofill technology–which can be both helpful and harmful.

    I’ve also been wondering about the relationship between texting/IMing and students’ often misusing ‘infamous,’ ‘subliminal,’ ‘unique,’ and other words.

    I’m sure the limited attention spans and instant gratification have something to do with weaker writing, too.

    *end rant*

  2. Brad Says:

    My son started at Wittenberg University. The Introductory Ceremonies included, among other great things, a lecture by Daniel Fleisch of their Physics Department (http://userpages.wittenberg.edu/dfleisch/index.html) on IMing, texting, etc. It was highly risible. His emphasis was (1) these activities are impolite to others and (2) the interrupted multitasking nature of the activity is inimical to any sustained learning or thinking. I’m hoping Wittenberg will put it on YouTube.com.

    I’m looking forward to the reading the article. Send the link when you can…

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