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Kindergarten Twitter Pizza Night

  1. 1. Twitter Session Are you ready to tweet? Kindergarten Pizza Night February 13, 2014 Presented by: SLU Kindergarten Team (@msalvarezkinder) (@lisaakl1)
  2. 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:
  3. 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. 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. 5. How to use Twitter in the Classrom? 60 ideas Simple Ways to Use Twitter Twitter in the Kindergarten Classroom
  6. 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. 7. Moving from Teacher-Directed to Student-Directed
  8. 8. Connecting & Learning With Others
  9. 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. 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. 11. Global Projects #werememberocsb #signsoffall #lunchbox #decocsb #olympicsocsb #kinderchat #GRA13
  12. 12. Goal 4: Creating an Account ● go to ● 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. 13. Who should I follow? @msalvarezkinder @ottcatholicsb @LisaAkl1 @ @stlukeottawa
  14. 14. Twitter Lingo Follow Following @Sign DM: direct message #Hashtag RT: retweet
  15. 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. 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/