Yesterday in class, I introduced our class twitter account @228bes. I purposely chose to hold back on our class account this year until the time was right. Last year, we sent a few tweets randomly and I wasn't sure of the purpose. I knew the purpose, but I didn't feel like I did a good job for defining why we had a class twitter account. I spent this summer learning and hearing over and over: break down the walls and allow students to expand their audiences. I know this, but I didn't succeed last year.
This year, I chose to start as slow as a snail with technology. A shift from the past but one that I wanted to try. I was surprised as I introduced our twitter account to my class. Only two students knew what twitter was and a handful thought it was all about the #hashtags. Interesting....and we discussed digital literacy and the importance of knowing their tweets are alive and represent our class. We sent our first tweet @katemessner to share that we started our new read aloud. I "promised" that she would reply to our tweet and luckily for me she did. We are going to send tweets about our read aloud: Hide and Seek. The students are going to compose them, send them and then as a class we will share them. I started as slow as a snail but this time around the students will have purpose along with ownership. Already it feels better than last year. I like slow as a snail. Thank you to the Slice of Life Community of writers. You can check out other slices here at Slice of Life.