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Twitter Upbeats Student Engagement

Written on November 06, 2010 by Japhet Writ

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Dr. Reynol Junco conducted a study that suggests the use of Twitter in learning. Though a communication limited to 140 characters may seem odd, the results are pointing out otherwise.

Communicating in 140-character segments may be contradicting an academic goal. But a new study has resulted otherwise. According to an experiment conducted by : Students contributing to class discussion and completing homework using increase their over a semester to more than 200% that of a control group.

70 students were provided with assignments and discussion that incorporated Twitter, while 55 students did the same homework and had access to the same information without Twitter. More than the improvement in student engagement, the 70 students also achieved and average of 0.5 increase in their overall GPA for the semester.

conducted the study at Lock Haven University, and he hopes that the result of the Twitter study will help more educators to see the positive side of integrating social media into teaching. Do you know more advantages of using the social media in learning? Tell us by leaving a comment.

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