Is it a good idea to use e.g. twitter to work on reading comprehension in school?

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Why don’t we use social media to teach? It has been a common idea amongst many different educators around the globe, but is it a good idea? This new Italian working paper by Barbetta et al that I found through a tweet – oh, irony – by Carl Hendrick, describes a randomized controlled trial that suggests it isn’t such a good idea. Do note, I didn’t write ‘shows’.

To be more precise, the researchers examined a specific method in which twitter is used to discuss literature:

The TwL method is simple. The organization TwL (central unit of the project) chooses a book, creates a specific hashtag (such as #Macbetto), and establishes a reading schedule (a chapter a week, for example). The participating schools agree to adopt the same reading schedule. Once a chapter has been read (individually or in class), students can start tweeting their preferred quotes, their comments, or…

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