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Twitter to become your future teacher

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 April 2016 12:00 AM GMT

New York, April 28: Get ready to say good morning to Twitter in classroom soon as the micro-blogging can help teachers engage students in a more efficient way and better prepare them to take on New-Age challenges, researchers reveal. Twitter, if used properly, can produce better outcomes among middle school students and enhance the way children learn in the 21st century. “Our work adds a critical lens to the role of open social networking tools such as Twitter in the context of adolescents’ learning and raises new questions about the potential for social media as a lever for increasing the persolisation of education,” explained Penny Bishop, professor and director of the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at University of Vermont. Lead researcher Ryan Becker used his middle school science classes to conduct the research in conjunction with co-author Bishop. Becker found that 95 percent of his students agreed or strongly agreed that Twitter ebled them to follow real science in real time as it develops around the world. Particularly motivating was the ability to interact via Twitter with leading organisations like the US space agency SA and science-related programmes. The findings highlight the potential of Twitter as a means to persolise learning and to expand secondary students’ encounters with science professiols and organisations. The study revealed that 93 percent of students surveyed think Twitter ebled them to interact and share perspectives with a global audience outside the classroom. “When I have something important to share about science that I like, as many as 52 people (Twitter followers) can see what I tweet instantly,” said one student. Another student said they use Twitter for academic support by tweeting with other students about concepts, assignments and projects. Ninety-one percent said Twitter helped them make connections between science and their own lives and interests. “Twitter has made me think about things that I like and had me think about the science related to them,” added another student. (IANS)

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