2014 – Twitter
We use Twitter to collaborate with other schools around the world. Twitter is a program that lets you send instant messages (called tweets) using 140 characters or less to other ‘Twitterers.’
We have learnt:
* That it is okay to use ‘text’ talk and spelling in a tweet to save on characters. For example, you can spell ‘great’ as ‘gr8’ and ‘to’ as ‘2’.
* The tweet still needs to have a beginning, middle and end.
* Sometimes you can take out words to give you more characters and the tweet will still make sense.
* You need to address your tweet using ‘@’ if you are sending it to someone specific.
* It is really important to reread, revise and edit your tweets to make sure they make sense – just like you would for any other text.
Our first ‘Twitter’ project was with Mrs Monaghan and Class 2 (@class2middleham) in England and Mrs Yollis’ and her third graders (@YollisClass) in America. We tweeted clues for mystery numbers. Each class had a special day of the week that they tweeted the clues for the other two classes to try and work out the mystery number. When we tweeted our clues on Monday, Mrs Monaghan and Mrs Yollis and their classes were still enjoying their weekend. Whilst we were sleeping on Monday night, they replied to our tweets.
Tweeting mystery number clues helped us use and learn mathematical vocabulary. Some of the words we use are the same and some are different. We learnt what a ‘digital root’ is because we had to Google it to find out what Mrs Monaghan’s clues meant. To find the digital root you add the digits of a number together. For example, 234 has a digital root of 2+3+4 = 9
We also used Twitter to connect with Mrs S and 5/6CS in Tasmania for a weather tracking project. Mrs S set up a Google Docs spreadsheet for us to use to collect information about our weather. Some of our other blogging friends also joined in so we could compare weather from England, America, Darwin, Hobart and Melbourne.