Students Who Tweet Teachers, Get Better Grades [study]
Study says students are more engaged in course work.
There was a time when the idea of talking to your teacher outside of school was no fun at all. But a new study says students who communicate with their instructors through social media, perform better in the classroom.
The study titled "Twitteracy: Tweeting as a New Literary Practice," says that "students regularly in contact with fellow classmates and instructors on Twitter received higher grades because they were more interested in the content of the course."
"Students get more engaged because they feel it is connected to something real, that it’s not just learning for the sake of learning. It feels authentic to them," says the study's co-author, Michigan State University professor Christine Greenhow. “Twitter use in higher education may facilitate increased student engagement with course content and increased student-to-student or student-instructor interactions—potentially leading to stronger positive relationships that improve learning and to the design of richer experiential or authentic learning experiences.”
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