This creates entirely new mashups of language and meaning that can be hard to keep track of.
As educators, it’s important to keep an eye on the changing trends in how youth communicate so that we can continue to reach students in personalized ways.
Here are the big players right now in chat apps for K-12 and college students (with this list becoming obsolete in less than a year, I’m sure!
): On their surface, they’re just simple messaging apps.
It really gets us thinking about the “proper” and “best” way for students to communicate.
In a true philosophy fashion, i’m iffy on requiring students to only use the technologies in the business world, as it is the youth that typically innovate and shift our society’s ways of doing things.
Some students’ devices will only work on wifi, limiting them to the amount of time they can work.
Be aware of your students’ access to the base technologies you employ before assigning work.
It may also be the case that students may not want school in their digital communications.History has shown that language has continually evolved over long periods of time.However, the means and media of communication today are changing more rapidly than the language itself.Find out what chat apps your students are using and pick one or two to accept messages from students.Just remember to set some guidelines on when responses should be expected and what kinds of behavior are appropriate if chat apps are integrated into class work. Video, audio, text — and the of these — are all key components of chatting on today’s messenger apps.One of the features of modern chat apps is that they work seamlessly across multiple devices and allow computer-based desktop access, which can improve students’ access to apps used in the classroom. Even if you don’t encourage the use of chat apps in class activities, these apps will likely influence group work, especially out of the classroom.