In the last few days since I have discovered Twitter, I have used it a bit to find different activities and to interact with different educators. Along the way I discovered a lady who has used Twitter in her Kindergarten classroom. The following article describes how she did this. How a kindergarten class uses Twitter to learn about the world
While I fully admit that I don’t completely understand yet how Twitter could be used in this manner. I do find it interesting and a very neat way to teach the students about people who live in different areas of the world. I do not know myself how I could do something like this in the classroom, nor how it would fit into our Saskatchewan curriculum but I still find the whole idea ingenious.
Anyway, while checking out Twitter tonight, one of the ladies that I follow @happycampergirl tweeted earlier about a thoughtful post. I clicked on the link she provided and it took me to Mr P. Tuckers Education Blog, someone who describes himself as a teacher from Ontario, Canada. The following is his response to her blog posting (which I unfortunately couldn’t read because the link wasn’t working). Should Kindergarteners be using twitter
His response left me a little confused. He says that he would have signed the parent consent form if his child was in the class, but I am wondering if a parent consent form would have been needed. If the teacher didn’t let the students on Twitter themselves, rather she was the person using Twitter, than the students weren’t really on Twitter simply viewing it. If this is the case, she probably talked about how Twitter is a service that allows us to communicate with other people in the world but that it should not be used by children without an adult present. If there is anyone out there who has any experience with Twitter in the classroom I would love to hear how you used it? Did you require the parents to sign consent forms first? Were the students allowed to create Twitter accounts or simply participate in a discussion with others via Twitter?