Texting poetry inspires kids to learn

New York’s Chester School District is one of several districts that are taking bold steps in the use of new media technology in classrooms, reports the Times Herald-Record. Chester Middle School Principal Ernie Jackson, for instance, challenged reading and social studies teacher Mel Wesenberg to find ways to use text messaging to teach poetry. The results were surprising: Kids who used their cell phones to boil down the main points of the stanzas got 80 percent of the questions about a poem correct on a state test. Kids taught the same poem in the traditional way—reading, reciting, and discussing—got only 40 percent of the questions right. “That’s a big jump,” Jackson said during a recent demonstration of the experiment with a sixth-grade class…

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