It started with a tweet…!

Another example of how twitter can lead learning in our class…

We received a tweet from @MrsZFabFirsties 

We then “wondered” and predicted what the story might be about.  We didn’t know if our library even had the book to check our predictions so we decided to tweet our library…

We decided we really wanted to find out what this book was about so we searched on Youtube to see if there was an electronic copy…there was!

THEN…the librarian was so kind and hand delivered the book to us!!

We then read the book and made some comparisons to see if the book on Youtube and the book in our hand was the same or different

Afterwards during math time we practised making ‘double’ of everything, learning exactly what ‘double’ means.

So what did we learn from this ONE initial tweet…

– Math – double, counting, half, creating number stories

– Literacy – making predictions, making comparisons, communicating our ideas, difference between fiction and non-fiction, writing reply tweets

– Social studies – differences between then and now, communities and how they change

– ESLR’s –

* global citizen (making connection with those around me & the world)

* independent learner (picking up the book and re-reading it)

* communication (sharing our ideas, likes, dislikes, requests to others)

* digital citizenship (deciding to follow various people on twitter, trusting their tweets, replying using twitter etiquette)

The great thing about twitter is that this sparked an interest in the children’s learning and from there….we were able to learn so much – they led their own learning!

Here is the link to the story on Youtube

Tweet, tweetered, twittered…we are in KC!!

“boy this bird is fast”

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…

On Holiday…but still connected!

It is fantastic that when KC children go on holiday they still share their experiences, travels, sights and sounds with the remainder of the class.

What is also wonderful is that if the holiday occurs during school time, the remainder of the class can respond back and communicate with their peer.

With this type of communication, connectivity and inclusion it brings the class closer together as well as provide opportunities for extending our learning beyond the classroom!

Here is Raiden, who is currently in Europe (sigh…) and sharing his travels with us.

@KC5101 are also planning to respond back today and share what they have been doing!

Learning is taking place both in class and out, both in Shenzhen and around the world….and we are all connected!!

In Denmark and visiting a real viking ship! Plus I spent the night in a castle. Hello to my classmates.
Raiden

Twitter…are you following us yet?

So if you didn’t know we use twitter in KC!!  Follow this link to find out how it works….as it is going to launched and become a part of the regular writers workshop programme in the next 2 weeks and then for the remainder of the year.

Parents: Are you following us yet???  We want to tweet you and you can also see the great stuff we will be tweeting and learning about as well!!

Follow us @KC5101

http://share.sis.org.cn/chamley/2013/01/18/twitter-in-kc-how-and-why/

If you would rather just observe (initially) what we are tweeting see this post about following us via ‘Flipboard’.

http://share.sis.org.cn/chamley/2013/02/04/follow-kc-sis-on-flipboard-heres-how/

 

Twitter in KC – how and why?

“Tweeting in kindergarten…?” Why?  Initially I had the same thought but decided to give it a try this year in KC.  All I can say is “wow” – I am amazed at how the children have learnt the purpose of tweeting  and why we are doing it.

Paper tweet wall

Paper tweet wall

 

Writing a paper tweet.

Writing a paper tweet.

 

Writing paper tweets during writers workshop

Writing paper tweets during writers workshop

 

We brainstormed why we need to tweet

We brainstormed why we need to tweet

 

 

 

 

 

They have become very enthusiastic to learn about other classes at SIS and what is happening but also with other classes around the world – particularly of the same age group.

For example, we follow a kindergarten class in America and they were about to have recess with ‘snow toys’ – the children were fathomed by this and immediately had many questions about why they would be having recess with ‘snow toys’.  From there we had many wonderful discussions about weather in different parts of the world, maps, similarities and differences….the list goes on!

Twitter is allowing KC to learn so much in a short amount of time and it has increased their curiousity about the world around them.  However, a large part of what they are learning is focusing in on what they are doing in their own day or what they have learned and being able to share that with others.  They are focusing in on details and in relation to writers workshop – ‘small moments’!

Twitter in our class works like this…

Whole group meets in the morning and I share briefly what has been happening on our account and focus in a few tweets that have particular relevance to what we are learning also or ones that I know may spark some “wonderings” amongst the students.  We then discuss these and may send some replies as a whole group.

However, the account is from the children so they are the ones who will write most of the tweets – which happens during writers workshop.

Whilst majority of the class are working on their writing – a small group are responsible for writing the tweets.

They must write paper tweets first and then using their own group ipad they copy it onto the twitter page.  It is then sent and during our writers sharing time they share what they have tweeted whilst others are sharing their stories from their book.  It has been a great way to manage this integration of tweeting and writers workshop.

We display the paper tweets for a few days and rotate these as the chart become full – just like a real twitter page.

We have so much more to learn about twitter and from twitter – but the KC children are embracing it and learning how to use it effectively in order to benefit their learning!