Monthly Archives: April 2013

Making Twitter Visible

Grade 2 has been trialling Twitter for the past month. Homeroom teacher Ms. Czubak and I decide it is time to ask kids what they think about Twitter and prepared three questions.

1. What is the purpose of Twitter?

2. What are some examples of things that you would tweet?

3. How do you use Twitter?

Then we asked them to give us the answers using a black marker on a piece of A4 size paper.

And this is what we have:

 

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Grade 5 Skype Connection with Mark Wood

This afternoon Grade 5’s had a great chat with Mark Wood, the polar explorer who is at the moment in Mount Everest Bas Camp getting ready for his descent. As a part of his expedition he connects with schools and classes from all around the world. Grade 5’s as a part of their Exhibition Unit on Passion have applied to have a chat with him and has been selected by him. As well as the chat we had today, Mark will be in contact with the classes t the end of his journey when he gets back to England.

During our conversaton today, Mark told the students about his expedition and introduced us his team mates,  Peter the doctor and Marc the cameraman. 3 students asked questions to him and he replied enthusiastically. Mark and Kai even had a Skype Virtual Handshake! he talked  about his passion fo climbing, what kinds of gear he has with him and what challenges he came across so far.

The students, teachers, admin and some reporters from Japanese Media were all very excited to have this great oppportunity to connect with an explorer on his way to the world’s highest mountain!

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Twitter in the classroom

Grade 2 has started tweeting…

This week they have started their communication with other elementary classes. They have asked a couple of questions and waiting for their answers. They found out that they have a follower (me:) and sent me some tweets, too.

After the session is over I had a change to have a chat with the Kindergarten teacher Ms. Cowdy. Her class (KC) has been tweeting since the beginning of the year. She has offered her kids to visit grade 2 classes for a twitter session. Grade 2 students are looking forward to the session. Yey!

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