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Twitter can increase student engagement, boost grades

College Students: is twitter hurting your grades? What's happening? Everyday, social media sites like Twitter are becoming more and more a part of our lives, and with this growth it is time to take full advantage of Twitter and acknowledge its potential, especially in the classroom. Too many, Twitter is nothing but a distraction, but with recent studies it is apparent that Twitter can actually encourage engagement within the classroom. Who Uses Twitter the Most? (By Age) 40% 2008 35% 30% 2009 25% 20% 15% 10% 94% 5% 0% 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ Ages of first year college students use social networking sites Can Twitter Make a Positive Impact in Education? 125 student participated in a study 70 students were required to use Twitter for educational purposes 55 students were required to communicate through a traditonal learning system 800 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Week The Tweets became active as the semester progressed Engagement Grades 3.0 r 2.5 1.5- 1.0 The Twitter group's At the end of the semester the Twitter group's average GPA was .51 higher than the control group engagement score was almost twice as much as the group who used traditional communication methods The Results: Twitter allows for a constant ongoing discussion that goes beyond the one hour class session. Students took full advatage of using Twitter as a forum for their questions, generating a wide range of questions that what would typicaly would occur in class. Sources: x/abstract increase-student-engagement-and-grades/ INFOGRAPHIC BROUGHT TO YOU BY: MASTER-DEGREE-ONLINE.COM some-researchers-think-so/ Number of Tweets Sent experimental control experimental control

Twitter can increase student engagement, boost grades

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Results showed that the experimental group had a significantly greater increase in engagement than the control group, as well as higher overall grade point averages for the entire semester. Analyses o...



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