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Should First Graders Tweet in Class?

Should First Graders Tweet in Class?

Modern technology in the classroom continues to support instruction.

Teacher-directed and monitored social media is boosting writing and spelling confidence among first graders in Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. The first graders use the tool to supplement their day by posting announcements and progress via their class weekly newsletter.

Their teacher, Ms. Conrad, believes that Tweeting boosts students’ confidence by allowing the class to share their messages with a wider audience– in this case–their parents who follow the class via Twitter.

“It’s kind of our class meeting at the end of the day,” Ms. Conrad said. “This is really great for reflection.”

Aside from Twitter, the students are share creative writing projects through secured blogging software.

Read more about this story at Edweek.org.

Photo Courtesy: Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune/MCT
Erick Goble, 6, types a message on a touch screen in teacher Jodi Conrad’s class near the end of the day at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. The 1st graders tweet every day to parents and other followers. Ms. Conrad sees Twitter as a way to keep communication open with parents, and to help children learn typing, spelling and reading.