I’ve long been a proponent of a connected classroom. I like to start connecting my students with the world as early in the school year as possible. We’ve already begun blogging and this week I introduced the students to Twitter. I wanted to demonstrate for them that we could use this tool to learn from (and with) others.
So I projected our class Twitter account so that all the students could see it and we scrolled through the tweets. I explained that each class had a picture to show us who the tweets belonged to. We could see that some of the classes we follow had many tweets and some only had a few. I showed them our classroom avatar. Later, as the students become readers, they will be able to read the tweets for themselves, but this week, I read some of the tweets that interested them aloud, pointing to the words as I read.
What Did We Find in Our Feed?
They were fascinated that Mr. Greg had brushed his teeth in the classroom (I think I’ll have to do that this year as well!) when the class was writing how-to books.
They wondered about the class that was tweeting in French, that mysterious language we have just begun to learn together.
Then, we saw a tweet about a class that was working on Read to Self (reading independently) in the same way we were. This was exciting to the students because it is something they are actively working on. In fact, they noticed something about the way the students in the pictures were sitting that helped them to be better independent readers the very next day!
The students wondered where these classes lived, so we checked on a world map to see where these far away places were.
In typical five and six year old style, they had questions about these places. So together we composed and sent tweets to the other classes to find out more.
Did you catch all of the curricular outcomes we touched on in that short lesson? I counted objectives in reading, writing and social studies as well as digital and visual literacy. Tomorrow, I’m excited for the students to see the responses to the tweets they composed. Our learning conversation on Twitter has just begun. Why don’t you join our learning journey?