As a writer for the news-o-matic iPad application, I researched and wrote kid-appropriate news stories on a daily basis. I pitched topics based on their timeliness and interest level, as well as their relevance to classroom topics. Working by the standards of a daily newsroom, I generated well-written, high-quality articles that met standards for accuracy and editorial focus. Additionally, I crafted my articles to meet target readability scores for lexile measurements and supplied comprehension assessments, which were interactive features of the application that teachers could use to measure student progress.
OMG! TEXTING TURNS TWENTY!
FIRST EVER TEXT MESSAGE WAS SENT TWENTY YEARS AGO.
by Jill Sherman
It’s the most popular way to stay connected. Kids, teens, and adults, all love tapping out OMG, TTYL, L8R, and G2G on their mobile phones. Today, the text message celebrates its twentieth birthday.
Vodafone engineer Neil Papworth sent the world’s first text message from his office computer in Newbury, England. His boss, who was at a holiday party in another building, got the message, “Merry Christmas.” He didn’t reply. It would be another year before texting was available on mobile phones.
At the time, no one expected SMS, short message service, to become a global sensation. Vodafone thought it would be used like a pager. Secretaries would use it to get ahold of their bosses. Today, the average user sends about 50 text messages every week. In the UK, that added up to a whopping 150 billion texts sent in 2011! It looks like texting is here to stay!