A Guide to Twitter in K-8 Classrooms

I have been doing some research about the use and application of social media platforms in the classroom, and today’s post is dedicated to the use of Twitter in K-8. The question I am currently exploring is, What are the skills and literacies associated with using Twitter in the Classroom? 

After reading a number of blog posts and tweets about the implications of using Twitter in the classroom, I came up with a short list of skills our students learn when we tweet with them at school:

  • how write in a very focused, clear and concise manner
  • new methods of communicating using hashtags, symbols (emojis), and acronyms
  • reading skills
  • information and digital literacy skills
  • media literacy skills
  • connecting skills
  • collaboration skills
  • social networking/ network literacy
  • geography
  • global citizenship skills

One of my favourite posts was Sylvia Rosenthal’s Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom (Langwitches Blog). It is very comprehensive, and outlines the following progression for introducing Twitter to your students:

  1. What is Twitter?
  2. Getting Started
  3. How can you use Twitter in the Classroom?
  4. Twitter Etiquette
  5. The First Tweet
  6. What is a Quality Tweet?
  7. Logistics
  8. Twitter Vocabulary
  9. Tweeting Classrooms

Twitter in K-8 Classroom- Globally Connected Learning

Sylvia’s Guide to Twitter in the K-8 Classroom (Langwitches Blog) is a great place to start. Stay tuned for my next post: Totally Twitter – Everything You Need to Tweet with your Tweens (and little ones too!) for a more detailed look at Twitter in K-12 Classrooms.

How are you using Twitter in your classroom?

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