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Some readers oppose Twitter as a teaching tool in classrooms

13-year-old Erik Luevanos uses Twitter to communicate with his teacher during classes.
13-year-old Erik Luevanos uses Twitter to communicate with his teacher during classes.
  • Story on teacher using Twitter in class elicits strong reactions from readers
  • Teacher says it helps shy students speak up with a digital voice
  • Many readers say it's inappropriate for students to tweet during class
  • Others say the story offered a look at future classrooms
  • Education
  • Internet
  • Twitter Inc.
  • Los Angeles

(CNN) -- My piece about a middle school teacher incorporating Twitter in his classroom has generated a lot of tweets itself. Enrique Legaspi, a history teacher in East Los Angeles, recently began requiring his students to tweet to foster greater participation in his classes -- especially among shy students.

The reaction to this phenomenon was sharp on both sides. People seem to be either for it or against the idea of students tweeting their way through an education -- with not much middle ground.

Here's a sample of what we're seeing:

@cwindon: "The concept is fine but Twitter shouldn't be taught in school. What about the parents who don't want kids using social media?"

@meanmindyjean: "I hope my own children's teachers will consider this. My son would benefit. Twitter finds a place in the classroom."

@BarneySTJ: "Not sure if i agree with how this teacher is using twitter in the classroom but I definitely agree with the attempt."

@mightyjackstar: "The changing face of the classroom, and I think it's great - Twitter helps shy kids speak up in class."

Readers also sent in their thoughts with comments on the story page. Here's a sampling of those. Note: Some comments have been edited for clarity:

clindsey35: "wow sure let's teach the new generation to be even more horrible @ face - face communication!"

guitarharry: "Getting attention of the kids is not teaching them! This is one of the biggest flaws with integrating technology into classrooms. ...My students learned the most when they were listening to me and then using information they found to create responses that I could evaluate based on established norms. Technology was mostly a distraction."

terroh8er: "Just because it sounds like a novel and adaptive idea doesn't make it a good idea. I'm pretty much a big technology geek, and having graduated from high school ~6 years ago, I am of the opinion that all modern technology should be kept out of the classroom."

DRoyLenz: "I don't think that this is for every teacher, and every classroom, but this looks to me like an attentive teacher who has enough awareness to recognize a gap in the education he's trying to provide."

Thanks for your responses to the story. If you've got something else to add, feel free to use the comments section below, or send us a note on Twitter, either to my personal account -- @dansimoncnn -- or on @cnntech.


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