Social media in the classroom
Shy students should be able to tweet their teacher in class, study finds | Information, Gadgets, Mobile Phones News & Reviews THERE could soon be a whole lot more twits in our school classrooms. New research from Southern Cross University has found strong benefits for the use of Twitter by students too embarrassed or uncomfortable to ask teachers questions in the time-honoured raised-hand method. Southern Cross business lecturer Jeremy Novak, along with Central Queensland University's Dr Michael Cowling, studied the use of Twitter among university students as a method for asking questions and gaining feedback without having to stand the stares and scrutiny of fellow students. The positive feedback from students, particularly international students, has convinced the research team the use of Twitter technology could also be embraced by classrooms at high school and even primary school level. "Twitter is another exciting teaching aide that is highly under-utilised by lecturers and teachers in the education sector,'' Mr Novak said.
5 Best Practices For Educators On Facebook Facebook's roots may be planted in college campuses, but classrooms have not welcomed the social network as eagerly as their students have. Once a Harvard startup open only to college students, Facebook has been pegged as a waste of time, a classroom disruption and a bad habit that is correlated with low grades. Missouri even went so far as to ban Facebook and other social media relationships between teachers and students (the law was later repealed). But teachers such as Reynol Junco — who recently published a study that shows certain types of Facebook use are correlated with higher GPAs — are beginning to look at ways that they can use Facebook to their advantage. "Students are already very familiar with the platform and spend a lot of time on the site," Junco says.
Smartphones and handheld computers: the new battleground in UK schools | Education Children's learning could "hugely improve" if all pupils were given smartphones to use in the classroom, technology experts say but, instead, the UK risks falling behind because "the government doesn't seem that interested in it". Research shows that in many areas, the majority of pupils own a smartphone, but many schools ban the devices and the National Association of Head Teachers says they hold "potential for mischief and distraction". Earlier this year, a secondary school in Kent became the first in the country to equip each of its 1,400 pupils with an Apple iPad tablet computer. Longfield academy near Dartford said the iPads would help pupils' learning. Honywood community school in Coggeshall, near Colchester in Essex, has also invested in 1,200 iPads for its pupils. Some schools, such as the Oldershaw academy in Wallasey on Merseyside, have created their own app so parents can check, via their mobiles, what homework their children have been set.
One of the best professional experiences I've had in a long time happened at my Teaching the iGeneration workshop in Cincinnati this week. You see, I had the distinct pleasure of working with a super motivated team of teachers from Westfield High School in Westfield, Indiana. They were remarkable---both as professionals and as people---reminding me of just how much powerful teaching can be when educators enjoy their work AND their peers. Over the course of our time together, we got to talking about the different ways that Twitter can be used in schools. Using Twitter in High School Classrooms
Social media has found a prominent place in the college classroom. 5 Unique Uses of Twitter in the Classroom
Colleges Get Mixed Reviews When Using Twitter for Customer Service At 10:58 a.m. on October 3, Lindenwood University junior Katherine Anderson notified the university's official Twitter handle about a car crash on campus, and said a professor almost hit her car. "Do something about the driving on campus," she Tweeted in all caps. Lindenwood's response from @LindenwoodU came five-and-a-half hours later: "Specific suggestions for improvement are always welcome." Chelsy McInnis, also a junior at Lindenwood, says the university looked her friend Anderson up in the directory and called her cell phone—rather than sending a direct message on Twitter.
Boris PopkoffReynol Junco. Is Facebook a worthless waste of time for students? Does it steal time and energy that they would otherwise spend on homework? Q. and A. | How Facebook Use Correlates With Student Outcomes
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