When L.A. teacher Enrique Legaspi asks his students a question about World War I, they pull out cell phones and computers and type off 140 character answers on Twitter.
Legaspi uses the popular social networking site to make his classes energetic.
He told CNN,
"I had an aha moment there. I said to myself, 'This is going to really engage my students.' "
Using social media in the classroom remains controversial across the nation, with educators debating the pros and cons of integrating the technologies into lesson plans.
According to Legaspi, using Twitter has been very productive in his classroom, helping engage students in the material. The tactic is especially powerful, he says, for shy students who wouldn't usually speak up in class.
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