I have a large interest in technology and where technology is going to take us in the classroom. With that being said, I recently created a classroom Twitter account and introduced it to my grade two’s. In just under a month, my class has connected with authors of books we have read from all over the world and have had the opportunity to ask these authors questions and receive responses. One author from Australia even sent our class a letter with some new books! It really blows the kids’ mind that they can talk to someone from across the world and that in minutes they can get a response. When I first brought Twitter into the classroom, I told the students that I would be picking students who listen carefully and create quality work that they would get a chance to take a picture of their work, explain their work and share it with the Twitter world! Not only have I noticed I have been getting a lot of really great work out of all of the kids I have also found that this opportunity really gives students a chance to showcase their hard work and to be excited and proud about their learning. Parents love that at the click of a button they can go onto twitter and check out what has been happening in our class.
I think as educators we need to explore and use all of these amazing technological tools that are right in front of us. The possibilities are endless! Feel free to check out @MsPahlsClass on twitter, we’d love to hear from you.
Breane Pahl (@breanepahl) Grade 2 teacher dedicated to life long learning. She believes in the power of positive energy and loves adventure