Twitter and Learning

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What are specific ways that faculty can use Twitter in the classroom - and outside it - in ways that aid student learning?

 

Several studies at Michigan State University over the past couple of years have produced some fascinating findings about college students and Twitter:

  • A 2010 study led by Jeff Grabill found that college students value texting more than they value all other written forms of communication -- and that students value texting because "it's fast, it's efficient, and it's second nature in an age of instant connectivity"
  • A study out this month, led by assistant professor of education Christine Greenhow, documented that students who tweet as part of classroom learning are more engaged with their peers and with the instructor, and achieve higher grades

The key was that the classes studied approached the integration of Twitter intentionally, using it as a tool to empower students to engage in information sharing, collaborative learning, brainstorming with the instructor in real-time, seeking real-time feedback from the instructor, and even texting with authors and researchers in the field.


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