Facebook and Twitter encourage people to speak up.
Why? Because text conversation is a safer way to get across what most people really think or have questions about.
Some people aren’t great speakers, or at least they think so, and fear vocal criticism. Other people just don’t care to speak up at all.
Integrating Facebook and Twitter into the classroom is sure to lead to a more insightful conversation. No one really likes it when one brainiac or teacher’s pet dominates the conversation anyway.
Social networks, if used properly and teacher-controlled, can give the quieter students a voice, quiet down the voice hogs, and boost overall enthusiasm for participating in classroom discussion.
Photo: by Mark Smith