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Twitter is multi-faceted social networking took that lends itself to synchronous and asynchronous communication. Twitter can transform social networking into educational networking. In the hands of a skilled teacher, Twitter can be a sound pedagogical tool in any discipline, and it can develop 21st literacy skills. Students can share knowledge, follow experts, converse via questions and discussion, and belong to a community that is not restricted by classroom walls. The conclusions reached in a recent study conducted by Junco, Heibergert and Loken (2010) suggest that using Twitter in educationally relevant ways can increase student engagement and improve grades because of faculty and student engagement in the learning process through communication and connections on Twitter.
Slides 12 & 13 belong to the presentation of Sarah Smith-Robbins, http://eld.montclair.edu/2011/01/19/pedagogy-first-technology-second-how-to-choose-the-right-tool-for-the-job/