Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, Numeracy, Twitter | Posted on March 3, 2014
We have been using 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 current ‘Twitter’ project is with Mrs Monaghan and Class 2 (@class2middleham) in England and Mrs Yollis’ and her third graders (@YollisClass) in America. We have been tweeting clues for mystery numbers. Each class has a special day of the week that they tweet the clues and the other two classes try to work out the mystery number. When we tweet our clues on Monday, Mrs Monaghan and Mrs Yollis and their classes are still enjoying their weekend. Whilst we are sleeping on Monday night, they reply to our tweet.
Tweeting mystery number clues has 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 have also been using 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 are also joining in so we have been able to compare weather from England, America, Darwin, Hobart and Melbourne.
Have you used Twitter before? Tell us about it!
Can you give us some ‘Mystery Number’ clues?