Tweet, Tweet, Go the Kindergartners

3 Apr

Tweet, Tweet, Go the Kindergartners
Read the article below for another example of early elementary teachers and students reflecting on their learning and communicating to parents.
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3 Responses to “Tweet, Tweet, Go the Kindergartners”

  1. Karen L. April 4, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    I think Maryann is right about using technology as a “springboard for discussion.” I agree it can be difficult to get children to relate specifics about their day in school. But I do think Twitter is ideally suited to this need, since it is the students who are writing/dictating/reflecting on their day, as opposed to what a teacher chooses to put on a blog. The students use their collective memory to create the tweet and in this way, share their knowledge with each other as well as teachers and parents. Teachers can use this process to evaluate how much students got out of the day, and parents can ask specific questions at the dinner table to develop meaningful conversations. The students have ownership of what gets tweeted, so they may be more excited about sharing their day. And, from the Literacy Information perspective, they are learning important skills about how to use technology in a meaningful and respectful manner.

  2. Maryann April 4, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    hmmmm….not a fan of this idea. What happened to talking about your day at dinner?

    This was my favorite time of the day when my boys were young. I think technology has a grand purpose in 21st century teaching- but it my opinion- it can never replace talking face to face with to your child.

    There also seems to be a lot of “wait time” when dictating to the teacher what they want to say and even longer when they are editing.

    I think I will stick with blogging….we view our class BLOG every monday so the kids can know what’s been posted ( skills and pics). Many go home and ask their parents to check it with them…I’ve found that to be a nice spring board for conversation.

  3. Mary Lou Donahoe April 4, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Very appropriate for Kindergarten students as the messages are sweet and short. Helps students reflect on their day and think about their learning, as they use many valuable skills in the process such as: summarize, recall and use of technology in an appropriate manner.

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