Texting in Class Okay for One SLCC Program

ABBEVILLE ­– Instructors in the adult education program at South Louisiana Community College’s Gulf Area campus want their students to text during class.

Melinda Bynog, Adult Education program director, is introducing this unconventional method of teaching to adult education students thanks to a grant she received from the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

“Students text every day outside of the classroom. I thought, let’s give them something constructive to do with texting,” said Bynog.

She plans to purchase 30 Kindle eReaders for classroom use with the $7,000 grant. She is hoping the texting component will help students with reading and writing skills.

Currently, Bynog is building software applications for the devices that sharpen reading, writing, and math skills. She expects the first app to be ready next month.

“Students will be able to work out math problems on the eReaders with these apps. Students will also be able to access library resources with the devices. I selected the Kindle because it can be a multi-purpose tool,” she explained.

Bynog also plans to introduce the social media platform, Twitter, in the classroom. She hopes it will give shy students an avenue to participate in class discussions and ask questions.

“Why not use Twitter if students don’t want to ask a question out loud? This app will give them a voice,” she said.

SLCC’s Adult Education program began serving students in 2012. More than 500 students are in the program and more than 100 graduates have successfully obtained a high school equivalency diploma since that time.

For more information about enrolling in SLCC’s Adult Education program, contact Bynog at 892-2360 or email her at Melinda.Bynog@solacc.edu