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Get connected: how tweets, chats and Vine videos boost learning

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Get connected: how tweets, chats and Vine videos boost learning

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According to recent research the use of social media in education is increasing, although there remains some concerns about encouraging young people to use them at an early age.

Learning World takes a look at exactly how this works in the classroom with three stories from across the world.

In our first report we visit a school in northern France where pre-school children are using Twitter to learn basic writing skills.

Pencils and notebooks are put to the side as tablets become the preferred tool for teaching early literacy techniques. As we find out, the ground breaking scheme has the backing of pupils and parents.

Social media can also be very useful in enhancing the language skills of older children, as we learn in our second report from South Korea. We visit a high school in Seoul where teenagers meet counterparts from around the world via Skype in weekly conversation classes.

The supervised online chatting is an initiative of the British Council and is a big hit with the young people who not only improve their languages but also get to see what life is like for students with different cultural backgrounds.

Using new media technologies to refresh ancient literature classics is the subject of our final story.

We join high school students in the USA who actually enjoy studying Beowulf thanks to new media.

The old English epic poem would not normally be first choice on the reading list of most teenagers. But learning about the text has become a fun activity for one group of young people in Springfield, Nebraska, whose classes involve acting-out and filming highlights from the poem and posting them on the video-sharing app Vine.

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