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They Really Get It

November 26, 2011

My class has been fortunate enough to be involved in a Twitteracy project established by Brittney McCarter. While my Grade 1 and 2 students are continuing to tweet out summaries of the books that they’re reading using the #twitread hashtag, Brittney is nearing the end of her project. She asked my students to reflect on their involvement in this project. Since she didn’t need the whole class to reflect, I had a discussion with my Grade 2’s today when my Grade 1’s were attending a dental presentation.

I’ll admit that I was procrastinating on this part of the project because I thought that the students were going to struggle with this reflection piece. Could they really understand the benefits and drawbacks of Twitter? Could they really reflect on how this Twitteracy Project made them better writers? I thought that it was going to take a lot of prompting from me. I decided to use the Livescribe Pen to record my discussion with the students based on the four reflection questions that Brittney emailed me:
1) How does using the confined space of Twitter help your writing?

2) What kinds of things do you think about when you use Twitter?

3) Are there any other things that you would like to use Twitter for?

4) Has using Twitter made you a better writer in other areas when using a pencil and paper? Computer?

My initial thought was that if I used the Livescribe Pen, I could focus on trying to get some good information from the students, and then I could later summarize what they had to say. As I said before, I was doubtful about how this would go.

I shouldn’t have worried! As I was having this discussion with my students, I could almost feel myself getting excited by their answers. Here are seven-year-olds that really understand what Twitter is all about. This reminded me of Dean Shareski’s post about his wife’s Grade 2 classroom. Even in Grade 2, students know that they’re sharing their thoughts with “the world,” and they understand the implications of this too. They also believe that writing using this platform helps them become a better writer overall. They make some terrific points, and I hope that you enjoy what they have to say as much as I do (scroll over the page number to view the second page in this Notebook).

Hearing what the students shared here makes me see the tremendous benefit of using social media in the classroom. What do you think?


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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your learning and the learning of your students! Aiden's comment at the very end was my favorite. “When the red line comes up on Twitter, I fix the spelling, and then when I write in my journal I know how to spell it.” (paraphrased) This is evidence that spell-check doesn't make kids “lazy spellers!”

  2. Thanks for the comment, Linda! I particularly loved Aiden's comment too. It's so true: spell check doesn't make students lazy spellers at all. Each and every day, I see evidence of this in the classroom.


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