Twitter + Tales = Twales

Ever since I first set up a Twitter account, back in 2009, I’ve thought of ways to incorporate this form of social media in the classroom. Please refer to my earlier post: Twitter.

Over the years, I’ve created a class Twitter account where my students and I have interacted with our approved “followers“, aka other students, teachers, classes and parents. (I’ve always protected our class tweets, for privacy reasons.) My students have also created “protected” accounts, with parental permission, and have tweeted about their learning. This has really supported the home-school relationship as parents have been able to see what their child has been learning at school.

We’ve engaged in question and answer type activities amongst ourselves, as well as with other classes and teachers. We’ve also responded to tweets by those we follow. Like an activity I was involved in during a Professional Learning session, we’ve used Twitter to communicate out in the yard in “An Amazing Race” kind of way, i.e. meet me here at this time, take a photo of where you are now, etc.

I’ve mentioned to other teachers the possibility of writing collaborative stories through Twitter, similar to the activity where you write one sentence, then pass the piece of paper on to the person sitting next to you, but we’ve never really acted upon this. I’d love to trial this with another class or two… or more… Please let me know if you are keen to connect! ๐Ÿ™‚

I plan to start “Twales” with my class this week. I’ll write a post about this soon to update how we went ๐Ÿ™‚

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Kids Collaborate

When I first started this blog two and a half years ago, I also set up a wikispaceย and Facebook page that shared the same name – “Kids Collaborate”. I registered a business with this name as well. For me, at that time, I was very keen to establish a space for educators around the world to “connect, create, collaborate and communicate”. This idea was put on hold back then, as I started a new venture, integrating iPads in a 1:1 setting. Now that I have that under way, I am very keen to pursue my initial plan ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, I spent some time updating the Kids Collaborate wikispace. I’ve listed some global projects my students are keen to be part of. If you and your students are also interested in participating, please get in touch with me. More details can be found at the site.

At present, five projects are listed. I call them the “My School” series ๐Ÿ™‚ They include sharing images about:

  • your school
  • your classroom
  • a playground in your school
  • the items in a student’s lunch box
  • the view from a window in your classroom

Inspiration for the projects have come from my students, as well as Professional Learning sessions I have attended in the past.

My students are keen to create presentations using the images shared.

This space is available for you to list your own global projects too ๐Ÿ™‚