Texting In The Classroom
Texting in the classroom. Usually just hearing that makes you annoyed. It is no secret that our students are saturated in a world of technology. As educators there is immediate buy-in when we connections between our students’ real worlds and our classrooms. One of my favorite (free) resources to do this is called ifaketext.
It allows users to create faux iPhone text conversations. The website lets you fit between 35 and 50 words on one screen (a conversation between 2 different people). Then, you can take a screen shot of the conversation or right-click to save the picture as a Jpeg. Here are three different ways I see myself using this free resource.
I plan on greeting my students at the door every morning and after the first few weeks they will be well trained in the morning routine. With that said, things always come up (a special routine, a permission slip, different materials needed during reading, etc.), so why not display a fake text between you and your class including any reminders; and then when everyone is in the door, the class is ready to go!
Why not set up a conservation between characters in a story and then, have students complete the conversation in their reading journals? Then, give students the opportunity to pair and share with their face or shoulder partner.
At the school where I’ll be teaching, ‘flashbacks’ are the required first step of each class. Using a fake conversation, I can review vocabulary or ask students to use context clues from the text conversation in order to define the word. Also, the conversation could be examples of a specific type of anything (figurative language, prefix, suffix, root word, text feature, etc) and students have to (a) name/define the term or example being highlighted and (b) continue the conversation!