Blogging and tweeting as a collaborative writing engagement

Through the class blog and twitter account, KC have found friends in other schools around the world. We have got several other Kindergarten classes on our blog roll, and they in turn have added us to their blog roll. Several times a week we check the other blogs and leave comments. We also check our blog for comments left by others. We are following classes from schools in other countries on our class twitter account and have got followers from other schools and from the YIS community. We regularly respond to questions on twitter and tweet our own questions to find answers from “experts” in other countries.

Writing blog comments and tweets has provided the children with meaningful opportunities to write for an authentic audience. They are highly motivated to interact with the children from other classes. They have a myriad of questions and wonderings. Often, a post on someone else’s bog will excite the children and inspire an idea for our class. The children are intrigued about a video that one class is making on counting from 100 to 1 and have asked that class to share the link to their video. They want to know if another class has Autumn right now and how other children celebrated Halloween. They are interested in a survey another class did on how children come to school and they want to conduct a similar survey in our class, and share the results with the other school, to compare how children come to school in different countries.

Using the data projector, we project the blog or twitter page on to the wall so that everyone can see. I type as the children dictate. The children observe as I think out loud, modeling how writers revise and edit the text. The children offer suggestions on how to make to a comment better. They notice when I leave out fullstops and instruct me on when I need to use upper-case letters. Together, we think about our audience. We discuss word choices and wonder how to help our readers form a clear picture in their mind. We add details so our readers will understand us better.
We also talk about how our comments will be interpreted, and discuss our responsibility when we interact with others over the World Wide Web. These five and six year olds are learning to be thoughtful and responsible digital communicators. Digital citizenship starts in Kindergarten!

12 thoughts on “Blogging and tweeting as a collaborative writing engagement

  1. KC, you are digital citizens connecting with new friends from around the world. I wonder who you will meet next and communicate with?

  2. I’m so enjoying your blog posts. This one highlights the value of providing authentic writing opportunities for little ones in the most delightful way! I see such powerful learning and engagement in your class. Can’t wait to share this with teachers in the lower grades at my school. Hope they are inspired by what’s possible!

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  4. Love the authenticity. And think-alouds are so wonderful!

    Being intentional about all that we do in the classroom is important–and extraordinarily difficult. Simply put, there is so much to do, and so many great things we could be doing but have not yet, or cannot for some reason.

    At the risk of self-promotion, and in pursuit of idea promotion, I’ll be presenting a quick session on “globalizing a curriculum” at the Global Education Conference next week. Here is a preview of my presentation.

    Thanks again for sharing.

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