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YouTube effect on Academic performance

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In my opinion, YouTube could bring both, the negative and positive impact on education. The good side of YouTube is that students can upload videos and comment on them, they could suggest videos to one another. Computer designing courses could have assignments where students would have to create their video and share it on YouTube. The dark side of YouTube is that it eats a lot of time, when you actually could accomplish something, you spend your time watching videos that won't  really help you in your situation.

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Twitter in the Classroom | Academic Impressions

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This article  unveils the fact that Twitter can be used as a tool to overcome some challenges faced in education setting. Indeed, Twitter has the strengths of real-time instant communication, ease of sharing links and  resources and availability of making a channel more public than typical classroom. Twitter can increase engagement of students, help provide instant feedback to instructor, encourage learning outside of classroom and sharing information. It doesn't happen automatically however, an educator must align the strengths of Twitter with the challenges. 

Twitter could actually take education experience to a whole new level. Using a back channel, an instructor can all the students what they didn't understand and students can reply. The easy atmosphere welcomes students to participate in the discussion. Additionally, all the tweets are being documented and instructor could revisit. Another strong point that Twitter has is that students can have access to contacting the professor or class at any time of the day, and enhance learning techniques.

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StudentEngagementArticle.pdf

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There hasn't been a lot of research in the aspect of how social networking websites impact academic progress. The Higher Education Research Institute statistics show that an astounding 94% of college students use social networking websites. This demonstrates the fact that social media has become  a part of college students lives.

What these researchers had intended to explore was whether there is correlation between the use of social networking website and students engagement and grades. They selected a group of 70 students for experimental group and 55 for control group. They study lasted for one semester. Both groups were enrolled in Pre-med Seminar course and neither of the groups had used Twitter before.  The students in the experimental group had to engage in academic related activities and  interacted with one another using Twitter. What they have found is that a group of those who used Twitter for academic assignments  and co-curricular activities had significantly higher engagement score and significantly higher GPA scores. 

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Effects of Twitter

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After analyzing these articles I have come to a conclusion that Twitter could actually be used as useful tool in the process of education. Most of these articles argue that twitter can assist the instructor in assessing the students and making sure they understand the material.

Thus, Twitter could become and additional resource for students as well as teachers.


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This is another study which had analyzed student's academic performance, while using twitter as part of curriculum. The teacher had set up an account for the course and then added all the student. He used the Twitter website to initiate discussions and also had quizzed students by providing a link where students could take the quiz. The instructor  provided prompt feedback  to students thoughts and ideas. At the end of the study, it showed that students had significantly higher than average scores.

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The Illustrated History of Twitter - YouTube

Eight years ago, Jack Dorsey let the world know he was setting up his "twttr." How did Twitter go from a 140-character experiment to trading on the NYSE? Fol...
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This video tells a little bit of  history about Twitter. It says that in  late February of 2006, Jack Dorsey and his other three friends had discussed the idea of launching a new way to share statuses. In the beginning of march they have come up with the name, Twittr and March 21 was when Jack Dorsey sent first tweet. In March 2007, the number of tweets posted on daily basis has rose from 20,000 to 60,000. Between the years of 2007 and 2008 the number of tweets posted quarterly had raised to one million tweets.


In my understanding Twitter is another version of text-messaging only it is viral. Those who are heavy users of twitter sometimes don't make "another step" without tweeting it. Meanwhile, when you are a student you have due dates and dead lines you have to follow. Twitter can really distract you from getting busy with your work load with all the updates. Thus, if not controlled, constant use of twitter can consume a lot of your time.


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