Can Twitter improve college student learning?
At least one professor thinks so. Christina Greenhow
, an assistant professor of education at Michigan State, found that students who use Twitter in their course study performed better.
“Christina Greenhow, an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University, discovered that students using the microblogging service as part of their education are more engaged and have higher grades. In fact, she considers it ‘a new literary practice,’ as she explains in her study “Twitteracy: Tweeting as a New form of Literary Practice.”
The website Counsel and Heal
In teaching a college class that required each student to have a twitter account and which utilized the site in various ways through the semester, Greenhow said her students participated more through the site than they do face-to-face in the class setting. ‘The students get more engaged because they feel it is connected to something real, that it's not just learning for the sake of learning,’ Greenhow said. ‘It feels authentic to them.’
Good thing, because a majority of students in a survey we reported on earlier this year
said they couldn’t study without technology.