That’s right, you read it here first on the Tech Savvy Educator; typing is dead. Texting is the next biggest benchmark for technological prowress. Or so it would seem with the crowning of Morgan Pozgar, the new LG National Texting Champion. NOT a typing champion, spelling champion, or even a geography bee champion…..a cell phone texting champion.
According to the brief article on CNN.com, which was brought to my attention by Nicole, our art forum moderator, Morgan, a 13 year old from Claysburg, PA…
…was crowned LG National Texting champion on Saturday after she typed “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from “Mary Poppins” in 15 seconds.
15 seconds?! Using just those annoying tiny buttons on a cell phone? I can’t even type the word that quickly on my keyboard, bad spelling and all. If this is a sign of things to come, what does it say for traditional typing practice and keyboard use in our schools? Sure, there will always be desktop computers around in the near future, but if children are already typing so quickly on handhelds, when they find themselves in the 21st century workplace, moving from one job to the next as demand dictates, will they necessarily be tied down to a desktop or laptop machine? I wonder if we’re doing our students a disservice by not allowing more handheld and personal computers (PDAs, cellphones, etc.) in the classroom, so that students can express themselves much more uniquely, efficiently and adequately.