[IMS 201] Academic Engagement in 140 Characters or Less


For my Interactive Media Studies class we were asked to find a news article related to emerging technologies, legislation, and court cases that reshape how information is received and blog about it. I have a huge interest in all forms of social media so this one article I found on Mashable, a site dedicated to social media and technology, really stuck out to me.

In this article it talks about how Twitter is helping to increase student engagement in classes. Compared to a control group, students at Lock Haven University that responded to class discussion via the 140-character social media platform doubled their over all classroom engagement.

By using Twitter to "Tweet" about various topics they were studying, this group was able to increase their GPA by an average of .5% over the course of the semester. The control group, on the other hand, had the same discussion topics, but didn't use Twitter.

Dr. Reynol Junco, who conducted the Twitter study, hopes that this will help integrate Twitter, and other social media platforms into being a bigger part of teaching in the future.

Like I said before, I am a huge supporter of social media and the growing technology surrounding it. I learn best when I relay the information I have just learned to someone else. By tweeting about a lesson I have just had I am drilling that knowledge even more into my brain. I think even more teachers should use twitter to reinforce their curriculum. I'm sure it would help students retain information, if not just force them to pay attention more.

The full article can be found at the link below:
http://mashable.com/2010/11/04/twitter-student-engagement/

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