Could Using Twitter Help Your Exam Scores?
Earlier this year research found that smarter people tend to prefer Twitter to Facebook when it comes to getting their social networking fix.
So it's interesting to hear that a study done by Michigan State University has found that students who are Twitter users are both more engaged in their studies and more likely to have higher grades.
The study, conducted by Christina Greenhow, an assistant professor of education at the university, found that using Twitter helped to brainstorm and collaborate.
"Tweeting can be thought of as a new literary practice," said Greenhow, who also studies the growing use of social media among high-schoolers. "It's changing the way we experience what we read and what we write."
Greenhow taught a class that required each student to have a Twitter account that was used in different ways throughout the semester. She noticed students were more engaged than in the Twitter-less past.
"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."
Do you think Twitter can benefit learning?