Social Media = Better Academic Performance?

Social media has changed the way we communicate with our friends, family, and even strangers. It's rewriting the book on consumerism, for sure. But what is it doing for the way our students learn? Tweeting, Facebooking, texting, etc. was once considered the great generational (and familial) divider - just another distraction. But according to a new study conducted at Pennsylvania's Lock Haven University, these kids just might be better students - IF social media is integrated into the learning process, that is.

The study, which will be published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning next week, found that using Twitter to continue class discussions, complete assignments, blast updates regarding study groups and exams significantly increased student engagement and overall GPA! This approach brings new meaning to "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." Professor Junco gets my official Innovator of the Day Award. Thanks, dude!

What do you think this might mean for the way we teach our K-5ers now?

1 comment

Sam | August 11, 2011 at 5:14 AM

I think that social media should be considered as a tool in learning. There are certain factors that can actually help you gain knowledge through social media.

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