Txting and Spellng


You’re looking down at your phone, sending your one-hundredth text of the day to your best friend, and an older individual shakes their head. They lament, “Oh, you kids nowadays. You never talk anymore; all you do is text. Worst of all, it’s hurting your ability to write.”

I guarantee you’ve heard someone say something similar to that before, but according to researchers at Coventry University, students of ages eight to sixteen were found to have a better understanding of grammatical rules and spelling. The students tended to send 3,900 texts per month, and apparently, the frequency of texting is conducive of better writing. The one aspect of writing that suffers is punctuation, but commas and semi-colons aren’t exactly the easiest things for users to remember.

Plz reed ths Rticle & thnk abowt how grmmr & spllng help peeple wright. Lol thx ttyl brb.

The Speed of Listening

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A common complaint issued by learners of foreign languages surrounds the perceived speed of the non-native tongue. But, are foreign languages really more rapid? Does German have more syllables per word? Is Chinese really leaving English speakers in its dust?

This helpful infographic, in conjunction with an informative article on speaking comprehension, explains that not everything you hear is as it seems. Fret not, foreign language legionnaires!

What’s So Hard About Punctuation?


Communicating effectively through writing requires a solid grasp on the concepts of grammar and punctuation; unfortunately, many people have difficulty using punctuation marks properly. As a result, one’s ability to converse with another suffers.

What’s so hard about using proper punctuation? Apparently, many things, according to TheVisualCommunicationGuy.com, who created a nifty infographic detailing the fifteen punctuation marks. It turns out that the comma, the small, unsuspecting comma, is the most misused punctuation mark.

Unsure about your semi-colon prowess? Check out the infographic and test yourself.

Teaching Kids to Write Code Through Writing Stories


In the last couple of years there’s been a noticeable push for developing programming and computer science skills in childhood education. In a blog post on MiddleWeb: All About the Middle Grades, Mark Gerl, writes about his experience at Computer Science Education Week. His post gets at the interconnectedness of programming languages, gaming, and student writing, through the importance of storytelling. He writes, “What makes a great game so engaging is that it tells a fantastic story.” Gerl clearly sees the powerful relationship between the digital and the cultural: “We will need programmers and inventors, engineers and scientists to create these bold new frontiers. We will also need writers, poets, artists and dreamers to imagine those worlds first.”