Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Study shows IM is OK - like we needed a study?

Researchers at the University of Toronto have done us all a favour and concluded that, 'contrary to popular opinion, instant messaging may not be harming the literacy of today's internet savvy teenagers'.

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4 Comments:

At 6:08 am, Blogger Mr. R said...

It may not affect their ability to learn proper English, but it still gets annoying when they use it in class.

At least, it gets annoying when they use it in my class.

 
At 12:01 pm, Blogger Scott said...

Yes I know what you mean. But I also think, 'What is 'proper English' anyway? I mean here we are on a blog enagaged in a particular type of English - not the same as you'd find in a History textbook, or in a newspaper, or in a science report. Language and context need to be considered together. So I would use IM as a way of talking to students about how language and place, or language use requires special attention to a range of factors like audience, situation, purpose, form, knowledge 'domain' or discipline etc

Perhaps we have problems b/c we are not explaining this to young people?

 
At 12:29 pm, Anonymous me said...

Watch out!

There are two factors that we need to look into when students are engaged with IMs. The first factor that we need to identify is the positive effects of this program to students. Funny on how IM's help students develop their skills in typing. Thus, it helps students to be socially active and totally cofident of themselves. On the contrary, it's alarming on how students seem to respond on essay questions using word shortcuts and come up with poor sentence construction.

 
At 12:32 pm, Anonymous me said...

Watch out!

There are two factors that we need to look into when students are engaged with IMs. The first factor that we need to identify is or are the positive effects of this program to students. Funny on how IM's help students develop their skills in typing. Thus, it helps students to be socially active and totally cofident of themselves. On the contrary, it's alarming on how students seem to respond on essay questions using word shortcuts and come up with poor sentence construction.

That is a fact!

 

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