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Text Messaging

What is text messaging?

Text messaging, or texting, refers to the exchange of brief written text messages between two or more mobile phones or fixed or portable devices over a phone network. While the original term was derived from referring to messages sent using the Short Message Service (SMS) originated from Radio Telegraphy, it has since been extended to include messages containing image, video, and sound content (known as MMS messages). The sender of a text message is known as a texter.

In a straight and concise definition for the purposes of this English Language article, text messaging by phones or mobile phones should include all 26 letters of the alphabet and 10 numerals, i.e., alpha-numeric messages, or text, to be sent by texter or received by the textee.

Why use text messaging?

  1. Quicker, virtually instant communication
  2. Either synchronous or asynchronous
  3. Increasing number of students and faculty carry a mobile device with them nearly all the time

Possible Educational Applications for Texting

  1. Reminding students of assignment due dates
  2. Broadcasting notices of changes to class schedule, canceled class, emergencies, etc.
  3. Quick Q&A on assignments or exam prep
  4. In-class polling
  5. Many, many more!

Text Messaging Tools / Services

How To Get Started with Text Messaging

  1. Sign-up for free Google Voice account and phone number
  2. Configure Google Voice phone number as desired to ring other phones
  3. Install free Google Voice app on your smart phone
  4. Setup group for class using free texting service (remind101.com recommended)
  5. Provide students instructions for how to opt-in to receive news and reminders via sms

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