Twitter in the Classroom

Welcome to the next installment of our Guest Blogging Series!  This post comes from Christina Tsuei a teacher at Murdock-Portal Elementary.

Now, more than ever, technology allows us to stay connected to the world around us. Twitter is an online social networking tool in which users can post 140 character updates of what is going on in their lives.

In my multiage elementary classroom, my twitter account is primarily available for my classroom parents to get a live update of what is going on in their child’s classroom throughout the day. Too often, students go home and tell their parents they had a “good” day and they learned “nothing” that day. My twitter account gives parents a way to get the inside scoop of their daily educational experience.

Throughout the week, I give students the opportunity to come up with questions that relate to something they have learning in class so that parents can feel connected to their child’s learning experiences and they can ask their child meaningful questions. This provides opportunity to have an open dialogue between home and school. Parents also have the ability to tweet our class back.

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Our twitter instructions are as follows:

  1. Take a Post It note
  2. Write your tweet
  3. Stick it on the display under the correct heading

Heading choices are:

  • “What did you learn today?”
  • “What did you enjoy doing today?”
  • “What did you find challenging today?”
  • “What did you do to be of service to others today?”

Our class twitter account also follows other teachers locally and around the world. My students were able to skype with a class in Palo Alto and dialogue about what they were learning and experiencing. The class has really enjoyed being connected to the world around them through Twitter!

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 9.21.24 AMYou do not need a twitter account to read the tweets. Instead just click on this link: https://twitter.com/MsTsuei and you’ll be able to see recent tweets. If you are a twitter user, feel free to follow @MsTsuei!

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