Thursday, April 24, 2008

:-( IMHO

Schools are finding emoticons and text-message speak slipping into writing assignments, as the AP reports:
Half of the teens surveyed [by the Pew Internet and American Life project] say they sometimes fail to use proper capitalization and punctuation in assignments, while 38 percent have carried over the shortcuts typical in instant messaging or e-mail messages, such as “LOL” for “laughing out loud.” A quarter of teens have used :) and other emoticons.
Educators call it a teaching moment. How many of them call it an "F?"

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