After spending years fighting against texting and taking phones from students, I have come to the realization that I'd rather utilize phones for education. I think that's where everyone will be heading, and with some great programs out there (I know I've just started finding the resources) for texting in class, I am not at all upset by that opinion. I have already started using Remind 101, which allows me to schedule text message and email reminders for quizzes and tests. I am looking at more programs right now, which I am sure to write about.
I'm writing now, not to recommend a specific program, but to encourage those of you who have doubts to consider texting, not as an enemy to education, but as a tool. If we use it in class, it's no longer something the students are "getting away with;" instead, we take ownership over the activity and make it a requirement. Best case scenario, we end up with students who feel engaged and view us as adults who get them. Worst case scenario, texting stops being cool.