Social Media and Texting in the Classroom
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Is Social Media Too Social for Class? A Case Study of Twitter Use

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Lin, Meng-Fen, Ellen Hoffman, and Claire Borengasser. "Is Social Media Too Social For Class? A Case Study Of Twitter Use." Techtrends: Linking Research & Practice To Improve Learning 57.2 (2013): 39-45. Academic Search Premier. Web. 6 Mar. 2013.

 

The case study by Lin focuses on Twitter as a resource that can be used in an academic setting.  The study focused on how many tweets the students sent, received, how many times they retweeted others, and how many times they favorite others.  The researchers found that without the urging of the teacher, the students rarely replied to the others and only enjoyed the site when they received tweets.  They concluded that the teacher must teach the students how to use the site and show how it can be a useful classroom tool so the students won’t disregard it.  The source is a case study that was found through the University of Maryland library.  The study is peer-reviewed and is in an academic journal.  The study uses the numerical data that was recorded from the study and does not go beyond the data when it makes its conclusions about what should be done.  I was planning on using this source to show how social networks can be used improperly in my Considering Another Side essay and using it in my final essay as a source for how a social network has to be encouraged by the teacher so that the students will realize the benefit.

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Joe Bueter's comment, April 16, 2013 8:06 PM
Excellent source! Something I am interested in since I wonder about how others use Twitter. Great annotations, especially the two uses you predict.
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Educational use of social networking technology in higher education

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Hsiu-Ting, Hung, and Yuen Steve Chi-Yin. "Educational Use Of Social Networking Technology In Higher Education." Teaching In Higher Education 15.6 (2010): 703-714. Academic Search Premier. Web. 6 Mar. 2013.

 

The study by Hsui-Ting focuses on the benefits of social media to help student interaction outside of the classroom and how it helps form relationships between classmates that can carry over into the classroom and create stimulating discussion.  The study was created to find out what the student’s views were about the use of social media in the classroom and also about how it can be used as a supplement to the normal classroom environment.  The study used students from two universities in Taiwan.  The source is peer-reviewed because it is in an academic journal and was found through the University’s database.  The subjects of the study were from Taiwan which is okay because the technology wave is spreading all over the world and the fact that it is a study based in Taiwan just shows how widespread and important social networks are to the world.  I plan to use the source to show the benefits to the relationships between students by using social networking to connect with each other after class and discuss the class material.

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Joe Bueter's comment, April 16, 2013 8:08 PM
You could also address the global perspective in the Narration or Introduction of the Final Essay.
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Text messaging in class may affect college students' learning

Text messaging in class may affect college students' learning | Social Media and Texting in the Classroom | Scoop.it
College students who frequently text message during class have difficulty staying attentive to classroom lectures and consequently risk having poor learning outcomes, new research shows.
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National Communication Association. "Text messaging in class may affect college students' learning." ScienceDaily, 4 Apr. 2012. Web. 6 Mar. 2013.

 

This source talks about a study where the students of a class were asked at the end of the semester to take a questionnaire and say on average how many text messages they sent per class on average.  The author collects this data and provides her opinion on the matter which is that the student’s cognitive learning is diminished by trying to multitask in class and that to prevent the texting in class the teachers should make the lectures more interactive for the students.  The study that was used in the article is from the National Communication Association’s journal.  This means that the study is acknowledged in its field and has to have at least been peer-edited.  The person who is providing the opinion on the topic is a professor for the University of Pittsburg at Bradford and is knowledgeable in the field because she is a professor of broadcast communications.  I will use this source to support my point in the Considering Another Side essay where I dispute the use of social media in the classroom and show that using this technology creates the need to multitask which hurts the cognitive learning of the student.

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Joe Bueter's comment, April 16, 2013 8:07 PM
Another very recent source--essential for your topic.
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The Importance of Class Discussions

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"The Importance of Class Discussions." The Importance of Class Discussions. University of Pittsburg, 21 Aug. 2008. Web. 06 Mar. 2013.

 

This source is a resource that students or teachers can use to figure out what is good discussion and what is bad. One of the most important parts of a discussion is that all of the people in the group have to be open to hearing what the others have to say.  They also have to make everyone feel like they can say their views without being ridiculed or shunned by the group.  This does not mean that they will agree with everything but they will give a rebuttal in a respectful manner when it is their turn to respond.  I trust this source’s reliability because it is from a major university and it is not stating that these are the only factors that can be used in a discussion.  The source is only giving some helpful pointers that the university has seen to be useful in helping promote meaningful and effective discussion.  I plan on using this source in my final essay where I relate the good discussion techniques mentioned in this article to how social media can help to make discussion easier and more accessible to all students.

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Joe Bueter's comment, April 16, 2013 8:02 PM
Strong plan for the source.
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Developing an Interactive Social Media Based Learning Environment

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Chao, Joseph T., Kevin R. Parker, and Anthony Fontana. "Developing An Interactive Social Media Based Learning Environment." Issues In Informing Science & Information Technology 8.(2011): 323-334. Academic Search Premier. Web. 6 Mar. 2013.

 

Chao talks about how big social media has gotten over the past few years and tells us about how these tools are being used in classrooms today.  The students are able to interact with the lecture while the teacher is giving it by being able to see the lecture slides, take notes, and in some cases, use a clicker to answer questions on the slides.  These tools have impacted the classroom environment in a positive way and improve the material retention of the students.  The source is a peer-reviewed academic journal.  It was also found using Academic Source Premier through the University of Maryland library database.  It is a trusted source and is considered to be reliable.  I plan to use this source in my final essay to show the benefits of social media in the classroom when it is used correctly.

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