Carol L. Tilley, a University of Illinois library and information science professor, said since most U.S. teenagers have cell phones, educators could use text-messaging and the social networking service Twitter to reach out to those young minds, a news release from her school said.
"I think if you're an educator or librarian looking for new ways to reach out to teens and tweens, then texting is one possibility," said Tilley, referring to the "tween" label given to children approaching adolescence. "Over 70 percent of teens have a cell phone, so I think it's a viable alternate means of engaging with that age group."
"Teachers could send reminders about assignments, links to study guides or updates on their progress grading major projects by text or by tweet," she added.
Tilley's suggestion comes amid complaints from critics that text-messaging and Twitter usage are decreasing the literary skills of young people nationwide.
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