Children’s book author Kwame Alexander was on News One this week making the case for how texting and social media can be used as tools to create a love of writing. In his latest book, a young adult novel called He Said, She Said, Alexander, who also founded Book in a Day which goes into schools to help students publish a book in one day, illustrates his point alternately teasing out dialogue and plot points via Facebook status updates.
The educational book publisher Scholastic agrees. In an area of their site dedicated to equipping teachers with literacy tools, Scholastic cites research that shows texting improves spelling and phonology, and stimulates creative expression.
Likewise, in their report “Twitteracy: Tweeting as a New Literacy Practice,” educators Christine Greenhow and Benjamin Gleason point to multiple studies that show Twitter increases engagement around themes and has been particularly effective for English Language Learners as it sharpened their “ability to ﬁnd, select, critically evaluate, and synthesize a range of information across media.”