I will admit, with every article I read I feel fairly overwhelmed at this point. There are so many avenues to share and connect with not only parents, other classrooms, authors -you name it – that it is impossible to predict where this project will take us. I’m a little OCD and am very clearly a type A planner so not having a solid road map is a bit terrifying. I do look forward to exploring with my kiddo’s and evolve as a teacher in the digital age. Perhaps now that I’ve moved up to grade 4/5 this project takes on more meaning as the percentage of students who do use social media after school increases significantly. During a conversation with my class today we did a quick poll of the social media apps my students are using and nearly all hands went up for apps like Instagram and Snapchat – Facebook wasn’t far behind.
I was a pretty shocked. I expected a few hands to go up but not every hand. I quickly can see my Twitter learning project to branch off into another teaching area – implementing a digital citizenship curriculum alongside our use of Twitter within the classroom. The two go hand in hand and make complete sense – although I didn’t expect my project to take me in this direction initially.
Right now I’m battling the pressure (and slight intimidation) of how many amazing ways there are to bring Twitter in the Classroom, yet I want it to be authentic and connect to our learning at the same time. It’s easy to get ahead of ourselves but I want my students to clearly understand what Twitter is, it’s purpose, how to use it – essentially spread the word about everything I have learned up until this point.
- We “toured” Twitter together as a class
- Learning Twitter Terminology – retweet, hashtags (and their purpose) etc.
- Followed other classrooms and people who will add to our learning experience.
- Shared our favorite learning moments to our families – ongoing
- Taught lessons on Private and Personal Information, The Power of Words and Rings of Responsibilities
- Introduced our “Classroom Twitter Feed” – A practice tweet station on the white board where students can develop tweets. As a class we revisit them and edit and necessary and tweet them out on the projector.
- Connected with other SK Classrooms
Here is a picture of our “Practice” Twitter Feed. Clearly we need to develop our use of hashtags and punctuation – but one step at a time…
I’ve been using my personal Twitter account to seek advice about my project.
Essential Questions Explored:
- What kinds of responsibilities does a good digital citizen have?
- How can you protect yourself from online identity theft? What should you do when someone uses mean or scary language on the internet.
- Continue with Digital Citizenship Lessons
- The Key to Key Words – Which keywords will give you the best search results
- Whose is it Anyway? – How can I show respect for people’s work
- Establish a routine to do the Tweet of the Day
- Continue to explore ways to use Twitter
- Continue to explore digital citizenship resources