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Twitter in the Classroom: Watch This Teacher Engage Shy Students in Learning History

Still skeptical about whether Twitter can help shy students? Meet L.A. middle school teacher Enrique Legaspi and his students.

\n\n\n\n\nStill skeptical about the value of using Twitter as a tool to engage introverted students in classroom lessons? You're not alone. A recent survey of almost 2,000 teachers found that half think that using Twitter (and Facebook) in the classroom "is harmful to the learning experience." But, Los Angeles history teacher Enrique Legaspi disagrees with the naysayers. Last year he went to a workshop that discussed ways to use Twitter in teaching and now his students—even the shy ones—at Hollenbeck Middle School in East L.A. are speaking up more.

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Can Twitter Rescue Introverted Students?

Teachers are turning to social media to make it easier to get shy students to participate.

In my experience, in the typical classroom only about 20 percent of students eagerly participate in group discussions without any prompting. Kids are afraid of giving the wrong answer, of asking a question they think will sound stupid to their peers, and sometimes, they're simply introverted. To increase participation, especially from the introverts, teachers are using Twitter and other similar social media services that make it easier for students to engage in a low-stakes way.

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