During their unit of inquiry titled 'Hello Hello', Year 3 students discussed Twitter to support the central idea 'Advances in technology change the way we communicate'. Here is what they thought about Twitter at the beginning of the discussion.
We watched a video by Commoncraft describing twitter in plain English. The discussion continued thereafter and the students took it to Digital Citizenship when someone talked about posting about something that happened. I asked them what would happen if someone fell and i tweeted about it? Does that mean twitter is a bad thing or a good thing? Below was their response after half the class said twitter was a bad thing and the other half thought twitter was a good thing.
Conclusion: Twitter is a new communication tool that can be good or bad depending on how you use it. One of the students asked if we could tweet videos and other media. Next week, we are going to the twitter website to see if we can tweet about our learning! Will we be able to share their voices saying what they learned on twitter? How fast will it take for the tweet to reach to people around the world? How is that different from how people used to communicate in the 20th century?
Year4 students used four random images in a Google Document to tell a story. Google Docs is a free word processing application that is part of our Google Apps for Education Platform. It has almost all of the features that Microsoft Word has but offers much more functionality. The students read each other's stories and left comments (peer editing). After correcting their stories based on the comments, we used the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension (a speech to text tool) to let the teacher's computer read the stories out-loud. The students were able to tell spelling mistakes or incorrect grammar when the stories were not read out fluently. This was very interesting. Students then went and corrected their stories again to make sure they had correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. Below is one of the stories written by a student and edited by another.
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