English:• Learning about the formation of sentences • Punctuation • Structure • Connective words • Vocabulary, etc• With a character limit imposed, the children can learn about writing clear and concise sentences• Learn about different variations of language, including Standard English, and how it varies in the different circumstances through different online personas
English (continued):• Reading – Twitter has multiple opportunities for developing skills set out in the National Curriculum • “read with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment” (DfE National Curriculum, 2011, http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandl earning/curriculum/primary/b00198874/english/ks1) by reading „Tweets‟ by the other children in their class and the replies • Understanding that another source of information is reading about the topic• Using Twitter in the classroom can also help install the notion that, “literacy does not happen within the bubble of a classroom and that it permeates into all areas of life” (Waller, M, 2010, http://www.scribd.com/doc/35528373/Using-Twitter-in-the-Primary- Classroom-by-Martin-Waller)
Maths:A key roll of Twitter in teaching Maths could bewith the use of „Poll Everywhere‟. If you havechosen the multiple choice option on „PollEverywhere‟, the results are presented in agraph that the children chose. They can choosebetween multiple types of graphs and, throughtalking about the formation of the graphs, canlearn the mathematical vocabulary typicallyassociated with graph work.
Science:Multiple Scientists and science projects going on throughout theworld have their own Twitter in which you can follow, such as@ProfBrianCox and @science_project.Through following these people/organisations, the children cankeep up to date with developments and possibly even try to askthem their own questions.A problem that may be encountered is that the informationposted by some of the Scientists may be at a level much higherthan that of a Primary child.As these profiles are to maintain a professional persona, theposts and profiles should be child friendly, but you should alwaysdouble check these profiles before showing the children!
Foundation Subjects:Citizenship; • Twitter can be very important in developing children‟s everyday skills as a citizen. • Such as expressing themselves as individuals, “developing confidence and responsibility”, developing an “active role as citizens” and “developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people” (DfE National Curriculum, 2011, http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/c urriculum/primary/b00198824/citizenship/ks1)History; • As Twitter updates/‟Tweets‟ are displayed in chronological order, the children may start to gain a certain degree of knowledge about chronology • Through the children „Tweeting‟ questions to the public, the children may gain a greater understanding of how there are multiple medias available for historical enquiry
Foundation Subjects (continued);Art and Design; • As children can post their artwork online through the use of Twitter, others can give them constructive criticism about their art work. Through looking at others comments, as well as the comments from people within the class, the children can develop an understanding of the importance of evaluating work.Geography; • Children can gain real-world knowledge that may otherwise have not been accessable to them, from around the world, from people‟s first hand experiences • By posting „Tweets‟ about topics discussed, the children may extend or use their Geographic vocabulary
The skills developed through using Twitter can far extendpast Key Stage 1 ICT capability.Through adapting and setting targets for certain parts ofthe Twitter experience, the children can gain new skillswithin a Key Stage 2/3/4 context, and Twitter activitiescan be adapted for children of all needs.Although I have just focused on Key Stage 1, the EarlyYears Foundation Stage can also be used with Twitter, asa starting tool to helping children understand theimportance of online literature and social networking, aswell as the dangers.