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ERIC Number: EJ1058346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2375-2033
The Usage Characteristics of Twitter in the Learning Process
Cohen, Anat; Duchan, Galit
Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects, v8 p149-163 2012
This research discusses the use of Twitter as a teaching-supporting tool in face to face (F2F) learning. The uniqueness and importance of this research is in the age group on which it focuses, an age group that has not yet been examined (ninth grade); furthermore, data was analyzed by decoding tweets, grouping tweets into various pedagogical and social uses, and exploring the technical difficulties that arise as a result of using Twitter. In addition, several communication characteristics that have not yet been analyzed regarding Twitter as an educational tool are included in the research. The results clearly show that both the students and the teacher used the new learning space mainly for pedagogical uses, as answers to homework questions and as comments to intriguing issues brought up throughout the lessons. The use of Twitter to support learning organization skills indeed assisted in avoiding time consuming difficulties in F2F learning. Analysis of all tweets during the research period has revealed valuable content. In spite of the fact that tweets were limited to 140 letters, from this study it was found that Twitter is an effective learning tool.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel