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Kindergarten Twitter Pizza Night

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Kinder Twitter Night for Parents

Kinder Twitter Night for Parents

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  • 1. Twitter Session Are you ready to tweet? Kindergarten Pizza Night February 13, 2014 Presented by: SLU Kindergarten Team (@msalvarezkinder) (@lisaakl1)
  • 2. What is Twitter? Twitter is an online social networking service used by millions of people to send short messages to groups of friends. Twitter users can send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters. Follow this link for an online user manual created by Pete Cashmore @Mashable: http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/
  • 3. Today's Goals: Goal 1: Why are educators using Twitter? Goal 2: What skills will my children learn? Goal 3: What are Hashtags? Goal 4: Set up an account.
  • 4. Goal 1: Why Are Educators Using Twitter? ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Share learning with parents Participate in real-time, authentic learning Consolidate students learning (summarize) Teach digital citizenship Teach print concepts, numeracy, literacy skills Learn & share with other kids Keep parents informed Live tweets from field trips Explore technology as a communication tools
  • 5. How to use Twitter in the Classrom? 60 ideas Simple Ways to Use Twitter Twitter in the Kindergarten Classroom
  • 6. Goal 2: What Skills Will My Children Develop? ● ● ● ● ● summarizing skills writing skills communication skills (start conversation with others) collaboration skills reading skills (making connections, comparing & contrasting) geography ● ● tweet our learning, discoveries, questions ● connect (authors, classes, parents)
  • 7. Moving from Teacher-Directed to Student-Directed
  • 8. Connecting & Learning With Others
  • 9. Student-Driven Tweets To demonstrate to the parents when their child is writing the tweet on their own, I created a hashtag (#kindertweet). It reminds us that the student is writing the tweet by themselves. In addition, it provides me with an opportunity to assess the students’ thinking, writing and reading skills and abilities!
  • 10. Goal 3: What are Hashtags # ? The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. Any Twitter user can follow topics with hashtags or create a #. Those hashtags (usually) mean something and are a great way to get a tweet to appear in search results or discussion monitoring. Class Hashtag: #kwhiteboard Educational Hashtags
  • 11. Global Projects #werememberocsb #signsoffall #lunchbox #decocsb #olympicsocsb #kinderchat #GRA13
  • 12. Goal 4: Creating an Account ● go to twitter.com ● choose your name (real name, or interest name, or organization) ● choose a password - 6 characters or more ● add your profile information, edit your bio, add a picture, include a link to your blog or website... ● be selective on who to follow (what are your interests?) ● you can block people ● find 1 person & see who they follow ● it's ok to be a lurker ● tweet: articles, links, resources, questions, answers, ● take & give
  • 13. Who should I follow? @msalvarezkinder @ottcatholicsb @LisaAkl1 @ @stlukeottawa
  • 14. Twitter Lingo Follow Following @Sign DM: direct message #Hashtag RT: retweet
  • 15. Guidelines & Best Practices ● Personal, Professional and Classroom Accounts ● Use appropriate language ● Think before tweeting or retweeting! ● Your profile is open for all to see - but you can make your account private (your tweets). ● Be respectful. Be fair. Be accurate. ● Give credit (via, @mention)
  • 16. Are You a Twitter Beginner? Follow this link for 100’s of tips, apps and resources for teachers on Twitter! http://www.onlinecollegedegrees. org/2009/03/19/100-tips-apps-andresources-for-teachers-on-twitter/