I loved helping my students participate in the #stu2stuchat. The students were about 1:1 that year if you include the devices that they brought with them. They logged into Twitter and into my class account @bluejacketway . Everyone had the password as I kept it on the board. That helped them learn social media in a safe way. I also had three students who were our key Tweeters for the day, but all could tweet if they were logged in.
Here is what we learned:
- Digital citizenship skills in real life.
- How to have conversations with people their age in other places.
- How to develop conversations about core subjects
- How to develop conversations about interests
- How to develop conversations that help us see society through their eyes.
Was it risky? YES! But it was a great safe space to be a digital citizen and the students and families knew that. I did not get any pushback.
This year, I would like to bring back the chat, "The little chat that could," as Sandy says. It would be once a week at 12:55-1:25 (give or take in that time frame) PM CST and geared toward 5-8th graders. We will have a question and answer format but keep the questions to three and a CTA, Call To Action.
So, what to you think? Would you like to join in the conversation with your class? Here is a form to fill out so that we can get this up and rolling!