Up until this week I have been writing tweets on behalf of the class but this week we started with the children taking over their twitter account.
We explored our class account this week discussing what twitter actually means, does and how we can use it to further our learning and / or showcase what we are learning.
We looked a some other classes around the world and the children immediately identified some twitter avatars that appealed to them and quickly applied their own names…
“there is the penguin class”
“hey, that’s the tiger class”
“its a crayon class”
We wrote some tweets together, responded to some tweets, asked some questions and generally learned and became excited about using twitter.
What was noticed early on is how instant and ‘just in time’ twitter can be for them as one boy noticed that we had just sent a tweet and then we received a reply almost instantly…his comment
“boy that bird is fast”
How does it look in KC…
Children are in small groups when they tweet and this is usually during writers workshop. They follow the same principles as they would if they were writing on paper.
1. They have to think of an idea about what to write
2. They have to decide who the audience will be
3. They have to share their idea with their writing partner
4. They have to write a draft copy of their tweet – as it would be written on twitter (including # and @)
5. They have to use best guess spelling, phonics, writing conventions, dictionaries, word walls when writing their tweet
6. They have to proof read their tweet to make sure it makes sense
7. They decide if they can add a photo to make the tweet more interesting
8. They publish….they write their tweet on the iPad in twitter, adding photos if needed (a whole other learning experience – how to take a photo on the iPad!!)
9. Before they press tweet, they read it again and share with their partner
10. Press tweet!
The children are immensely proud to write tweets, often receiving replies, other people ‘favoriting’ their tweets and generally getting instant feedback about what they have written. It increases their love of writing – they want to write and love to share their ideas!
What they also love is the sound of “tweet” when a tweet comes in – often calling out excitedly “someone is tweeting us” – leading onto building their reading skills and a love for reading what others are tweeting them!!
The learning possibilities and connections are ENDLESS!!!
See below for some visuals of the process…