Here are some different ways we use our class Twitter;
- Share what is happening in our classroom.
We are learning how to take care of our teeth from Dr. Pollard. #1tweetpals #spiritlakecsd pic.twitter.com/6aOr4xzOkU— Mrs. DeGroot's Class (@mrsdegrootclass) February 10, 2015
2. Ask questions about other classes' Tweets.Playing animal riddle @GetKahoot with @FirstatBatters & @NFirsties our Ss wrote questions! #spiritlakecsd pic.twitter.com/h2SEl65cUr— Mrs. DeGroot's Class (@mrsdegrootclass) May 15, 2015
Look at this Map turtle that came to visit out class today. Do you know anything about it? pic.twitter.com/ablmZS5FRk— Mrs. Caunter (@MrsCaunter12) January 12, 2015
@mrsdegrootclass It is called a map turtle because if you look at the shell, it looks like a map. pic.twitter.com/7DhIoEfVlF— Mrs. Caunter (@MrsCaunter12) January 12, 2015
@mrsdegrootclass The coin that is two colours with the bear on it is with $2.— Ms. L's Class (@MsLsClass) March 30, 2015
3. Communicate with children's book authors... and sometimes they respond back!
#GRA14 A main character of "The North Star" is the boy. He wants to reach the North Star. @peterhreynolds— Mrs. DeGroot's Class (@mrsdegrootclass) October 6, 2014
#GRA14 Along the boy's journey he found some help from the signs, cat and bird. He even helped a rabbit by building a raft. @peterhreynolds— Mrs. DeGroot's Class (@mrsdegrootclass) October 6, 2014
#GRA14 We found out that we are on a journey, too! Will we ever find our North Star and reach the Star? @peterhreynolds— Mrs. DeGroot's Class (@mrsdegrootclass) October 6, 2014
4. Ask an expert.Keep following your stars, @mrsdegrootclass #GRA14 Your “constellation” is a compass to help guide you on an amazing journey. #TheNorthStar— Peter H. Reynolds (@peterhreynolds) October 6, 2014
@sandiegozoo @ZooKeeperRick We have a question. How high and far can lemurs jump? Can they run fast? Can they be dangerous to people?— Mrs. DeGroot's Class (@mrsdegrootclass) May 2, 2014
@mrsdegrootclass @sandiegozoo "How high and far can lemurs jump?" It really depends on what species of lemur (there are over 90)...— ZooKeeper Rick (@ZooKeeperRick) May 2, 2014
@mrsdegrootclass @sandiegozoo ...The ring-tailed lemur can jump several meters from tree to tree. And about 2-3 meters from ground to tree— ZooKeeper Rick (@ZooKeeperRick) May 2, 20145. We share and end up inspiring others! My students were thrilled to know they had good influence on other first graders.
We are working on building stamina on read to self. We read for 7 minutes today! pic.twitter.com/a5DxyCGDzv— Mrs. DeGroot's Class (@mrsdegrootclass) September 2, 2014
But the best learning comes when we develop learning communities for our students by creating unique hashtags. Students are able to share their thinking and teach each other via Twitter.@mrsdegrootclass Thanks for inspiring us. We read to self for 7 minutes today. pic.twitter.com/8xVMVRevsi— Ms.Meck'sClass (@msMecksclass) September 4, 2014
For example, I started a hashtag for math talks = #mtgr1 (math talks grade 1) where I post a weekly open ended question. Students share their answers and ideas at #mtgr1. Later in each week my class and I go over the tweets from other classes and discuss what they learned. You can read more about #mtgr1 HERE.
#mtgr1 by Olivia one of the 7 blue strips and 7 yellow strips. It's a padrn pic.twitter.com/akCxbDUAnN— Mrs. DeGroot's Class (@mrsdegrootclass) March 30, 2015
I see two gold eggs . 18 eggs all together that's what I see. 10+8=18.#mtgr1 Gabriella.— FirstatBatters (@FirstatBatters) March 30, 2015
I see 2+3 is 5 (the pink and purple decorations on the yellow egg). M.F. #mtgr1— Mrs. McQueen's k (@McQueenKinders) March 31, 2015
Another community that I created was #1bc15 (1st grade book club 2015) where participating classes read a book called "My Father's Dragons" and shared their thoughts and learning using #1bc15. You can read about how it was set up HERE. Tweets from other classes were simply amazing. Children were visualizing, making predictions, making connections, retelling stories, identifying character traits, learning new vocabulary and a lot more. If I was reading this book with just my class, it was impossible to cover all the elements of reading. However when you are learning with 20+ first grade classes, it is possible! We enjoyed checking #1bc15 Twitter feed every day.I see 3x6=18 and I see shapes like circles and triangles and spheres and flowers.#mtgr1— FirstatBatters (@FirstatBatters) April 1, 2015
Ch1-3 Ss identified Elmer's character traits and gave evidence from the book to support. #1bc15 pic.twitter.com/eHIf9rX598— Kelly Woodhouse (@kwoodhouse13) March 27, 2015
@GreenParkLS Firsties are reading My Father's Dragon. Check out how they visualize the dragon. #1bc15 pic.twitter.com/gqxbsaQcIy— Beth Meyer (@bethteach82) March 27, 2015
Samantha has Elemer's knapsack ready to go. He sure is packing some interesting items. #1bc15 #gpls pic.twitter.com/R51UCzMWwB— Beth Meyer (@bethteach82) March 27, 2015
There are many more hashtags that teachers create to share learning opportunities with other classes. We all know that learning is so much more powerful when we have authentic purpose and audience. After three years of integrating Twitter into my classroom, I can simply say class Twitter is one of the best tech tools that we use. Are you new to Twitter or thinking about starting class Twitter? Here are more resources on using Twitter in the classroom form two rockstar educators!
"Resources to Help You Start Your Own Class Twitter Account" by Kristen Wideen (@mrswideen)
"Twitter in the Primary Classroom:Engage, Inspire, & Collaborate" by Kristen Wideen