How do new communication methods like texting, cell phones, and social networking (twitter, Skype, etc.) fit in an educational classroom setting? What kind of positive outcomes might they enable? What potentially negative outcomes need to be mitigated beforehand?
Without a doubt this type of communication is being embraced more and more by our youth, often without a good understanding of whether what they choose to share is affecting their digital footprint; an ongoing record of how they are perceived based on the positive or negative choices they make, predominantly those from how they choose to interact with others.
Giving students an opportunity to learn proper communication skills through these new communications in a safe supporting environment like school will help students to preemptively avoid any mistakes they may make otherwise.
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