Twitter in school: Does social media belong in the classroom?
Social media is increasingly being used in classrooms by teachers hoping to enhance on-topic discussions, the New York Times reported Friday. (iStock)
A small but growing cadre of U.S. educators is trying to exploit Twitter-like technology to enhance classroom discussion, the New York Times reports.
Instead of being a distraction -- like an electronic version of note-passing -- the organized chatter can echo and feed into the main discourse, Erin Olson, an English teacher in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, told the paper.
Olson recently incorporated Twitter into a discussion of poetry with 11th graders, monitoring it and trying to absorb it into the lesson.
She and others said social media encourages students who might not otherwise participate in a classroom discussion to express themselves.
"With Twitter and other microblogging platforms, teachers from elementary schools to universities are setting up what is known as a 'backchannel' in their classes," the article said.
Does social media belong in the classroom, in your opinion? What are the pros and cons of including it in the education process? Have you ever taken a class that incorporated social media into the discussion? If so, how did it go? Please share your stories in the comments field below.
(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)
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