Talking about school and, especially, informing each other about homework and assignments on WhatsApp has become increasingly popular among Austrian students. This is what a Viennese teacher writes:
by Bernhard Gmeiner
Here is something I do not understand. Students choosing not to jot down homework assignments in class and completely relying on social media channels like WhatsApp to inform oneself about what is to be done until the next lesson.
Why would you do that? Why wouldn’t you just make notes about what teachers instruct you to do in class? Mark down what you’re supposed to do and you’re good to go….You wouldn’t actually have to rely on colleagues about your performance at school.
Many pupils tell me that on an average day they receive more than a hundred WhatsApp messages. How is it even possible, then, to separate the pointless from the potentially valuable?
What is it like in your class? Do you also see the dangers of social media or do you completely disagree with my points?
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