Tweeting facilitates learning in children

Tweeting facilitates learning in children


Critics who argue that texting is synonymous with literary degradation should not overlook the role of texting and its distant cousin “tweeting”. These could play a bigger role in education and research.

Carol L Tilley, professor of library and information science at University of Illinois (U-I), said: “Over 70 percent of teens have a cellphone, so I think it’s a viable alternate means of engaging with that age group.”

“Teachers could send reminders about assignments, links to study guides or updates on their progress grading major projects by text or by tweet,” Tilley said.  “If they’re away at a conference or need to use a sub for a day, they could use Twitter to stay in contact with their class without having to be there.”

Students could text reference questions to school librarians without having to ask for a hall pass , Tilley said, and librarians might tweet about new materials added to their collections.

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