If you think that Twitter can be used to skate by literature classes, think again.
A study in Italy has found that students who used Twitter in studying literature scored lower in a standardized test than their peers who used more traditional learning methods.
The trial involved about 1,500 students in 70 high schools in the 2016-2017 academic year. Schools were randomly assigned to adopt a Twitter-based learning method for literature. A control group consisted of schools whose students learned literature the old-fashioned, classroom way.
In Italy, Twitter-focused learning, dubbed TwLetteratura (TwL), has been adopted by more than 250 schools and 14,000 students. In the TwL system, schools follow an assigned book, along with a dedicated hashtag and established reading schedule. The students are expected to