Using Blogs and Twitter With Young Students: THIS is What it Looks Like

I talk and share what I do with a lots of teachers.  When these educators hear about the ways their colleagues are using blogs and Twitter in their classrooms they are intrigued. Most of them are interested enough to want to look further, but the idea is a bit overwhelming.  I find this to be especially true of primary teachers. “What would that look like with young children?” they wonder.  “What do the different blogging tools look like if you teach six year olds?”  “How could you use Twitter in a kindergarten classroom?” “Yes, I can see what that would look like with older students, but my students are young. Most of them can’t yet write. What would THAT look like?”

Reading Tweets
Reading Tweets

What they really want to see are examples. I can show them my classroom blog and my classroom Twitter account, but there are so many other fabulous classrooms out there learning and sharing their learning in unique and effective ways. Ways that teach traditional literacy skills while also teaching digital literacy including how to learn and how to be safe online.

So for those people who have asked the questions and for anyone else who wants to see what blogging and tweeting in a primary classroom looks like, check out the links to examples below.

This is what it can look like:

Primary (to me that means age 3 – 8) Classes that Tweet*

Primary (again, ages 3 – 8) Classroom Blogs

And just so that those of you who teach older students don’t feel left out, here are some lists for older elementary students.

Classrooms That Tweet (all age levels)*

More Classrooms that Tweet*

Elementary (ages 8 – 12) Classroom Blogs

Blogging
Blogging

I’m grateful to teachers who are willing to add their information to lists like these that are such a help to educators who are just beginning their social media journey.  When you start your own journey, don’t forget to add your link to a list!

A link really is worth a thousand words!

Maybe more.

[*Note: If you have never used Twitter, but want to see the tweets of those teachers who are, you just need to type twitter.com/username in a browser to access their home page with all of their tweets. For example, my classroom Twitter account’s URL is twitter.com/mscassidysclass]

 

11 thoughts on “Using Blogs and Twitter With Young Students: THIS is What it Looks Like

  1. Hi Kathy,

    You are so right about many younger years teachers thinking blogging is too difficult for their classes. That is why we created the Easy Blog Jr and Easy Blogger Jr apps. I think you might be in contact with Doug, our partner about those?

    Anyway, I just wanted to share with you an email sent to us recently by an Australian teacher, and hope that you can find time yourself to give our app a whirl. Hope you don’t consider this spam – but as a fellow teacher, hope you can give us some leeway.

    Phil Cowell

    “Phil!
    Just wanted to tell you some exciting news! I had three teachers at my house today and showed them my edublogs site (which they were excited by) but then I showed them your app and how BASIC and easy it was for early years kids to blog, and well they were falling over themselves to get your app and begin blogging. They thought blogging was for upper primary and was too hard but I showed them your app and they were literally jumping out of their skins! I’m going to promote this app to everyone I know! I’ve never thought blogging could be so easy for kids (and teachers!)
    Thanks for finding me on twitter and supporting me!”

  2. Kathy,

    Great examples here! Thanks for being so detailed and thorough with how you are using these tools. We are getting some blogs going with KidBlog in 1st grade at my school and I’m hoping to I help some teachers with a class Twitter feed before the year is out. Kids are not too young to learn the power of connecting!

  3. Hello,

    I don’t think this is very good for children. Nowadays everyone has an Iphone, a computer, tablet,.. Everything has changed so much. Children can’t be children if they are always buzy with technology. Children have to play outside in the garden, make friends and fun. You can do these things when they are a bit older.. But that’s my opinion ofcourse 🙂

    1. Hi Ellen,
      I totally agree that children should play outside, make friends and have fun. But you are right, technology is part of the world now. You and I cannot stop that. I want children to learn how to use technology in a safe way that can help them to learn.

    2. Hi Ellen

      I’m a primary school teacher in Porirua, New Zealand. When I was growing up, all we had was the space invaders games on the old commodore computer 😉

      I agree that children need time to run around and play. Yet it totally fascinates me on how quickly the students have integrated technology into their everyday lives. Given the option, most want to share their learning online when it is a suitable platform.

      Since we started blogging some of my most reluctant writers have found a voice, and of course, those that already have one, love having an outside audience to share with.

      Balance is the key, building those interpersonal skills is important. I agree with you that making friendships with others is crucial to well-being.

      Kind regards
      Charlotte

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