Texting Helps Young Children Read
|Above copied from Ozy|
During a week, parents receive three text messages. On Monday, the message is a "fact" text, which usually describes an opportunity to help a young mind develop a skill necessary for learning. On Wednesday, the message is a "tip" text, which provides a parent a simple lesson or activity that is related to the "fact" described in the previous message. And on Friday, a "growth" text" is delivered, which gives an extension of the lesson or activity. Here are specific examples of text messages shared by York and Loeb in their paper:
Here is another example:
Obviously, texting here is simply used as a medium to increase parental involvement in the education of a child. Texting allows for frequent messaging. This can be easily orders of magnitude more frequent than parent-teacher conferences. The messages are short and the likelihood that these would get the attention of parents is quite high. And the results are significant. As the above abstract states, learning gains of 0.21 to 0.34 standard deviations are observed. These improvements are equivalent to hiring stellar teachers (84 percentile or above) in all kindergarten classrooms. Parental involvement makes a huge difference in the early years.