Students tap away at their cell phones, laptops and iPads during Enrique Legaspi’s high-tech history lesson.
In some grade schools, pulling out these devices during class would result in a one-way ticket to the principal’s office. But Legaspi encourages this behavior, as long as the kids are using Twitter.
A technology enthusiast, Legaspi learned how to incorporate the social network into his 8th-grade curriculum while attending the annual Macworld convention in San Francisco earlier this year.
“I had an aha moment there,” he said. “I said to myself, ‘This is going to really engage my students.’ ”
Teachers across the country have been incorporating Twitter into classrooms for a few years, but the site’s adoption by educational institutions appears to be limited.
A survey of 1,920 U.S. teachers published in April found that 2% of them use the micro-blogging site in college lectures. About half those polled said the use of Twitter and Facebook in class is harmful to the learning experience, according to the study from consulting firm Pearson Learning Solutions.
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