Texting during lessons could boost test results

Using texts as a learning tool can help pupils get better results in their tests, new research published by The National Communications Association has revealed.

Teachers who encourage pupils to text about the subject they are studying can potentially help their students receive better marks than their non-texting counterparts. The research states that texting messages relevant to the subject in hand has the same effect as taking a high volume of notes. This is because sending information via text back and forth to fellow students increased the chances of them remembering important information.

A number of educators are attempting to make texting part of their curriculums, as they want to make the most out of student’s obsession with electronic devices and SMS, reports educationworld.com. Perhaps unsurprisingly, though, the information that pupils text each other with must be relevant to the subject they are studying, as those who send irrelevant messages perform worse in tests.

In their paper, Mobile Phones in the Classroom: Examining the Effects of Texting, Twitter and Message Content on Student Learning, the researchers stated that it may not be such a good idea to ban mobile devices completely from the classroom.

“While many instructors assume that mobile devices interrupt learning processes in the classroom – even when they are related to material being studied – this research points to the value that such devices may impart,” they noted.