by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
October 20, 2012
Mashable Social Media

Twitter has been credited with — and blamed for — a lot of things. Supporters claim it fueled the Green Revolution in Iran and helped the Arab Spring, critics argue it’s hurting our ability to write and think. There’s no consensus on the former, but a new study now argues that the second claim is wrong. Twitter may actually give students an educational boost.

Christina Greenhow, an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University, discovered that students using the micro-blogging service as part of their education are more engaged and have higher grades. In fact, she considers it “a new literary practice,” as she explains in her study “Twitteracy: Tweeting as a New form of Literary Practice.”

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