Connecting Students Through Social Media
Last year, our classroom received 10 iPads through a grant. I filled in the gap by purchasing old iPhones off Amazon ($40/each) so all my students would have a touch screen device. The hardware was secured, but I wasn’t organized to really USE it with the kiddos.
New year, new goals! I want my kiddos to really CONNECT with other kids this year using their technology. As a blogger, I see the power every day in communicating ideas over social media to others. It’s no fun to work on a project and then keep it all to yourself-students want to SHARE!
To begin this process, I needed to make it visual, both to myself and my students. I picked up this wooden hashtag and @ sign at Target for about $5 each.
I then flipped them over and covered them with sticky foam squares. These squares are STRONG! I was going to have to stick the somewhat heavy pieces to a cement block wall, and they appear to have done the trick!
I found a spot on the wall in the front of my room, where the information would stay top-of-mind for us. If we’re going to connect with others, we need to be consistent about it!
I then used my Silhouette Cameo to cute out our classroom handle (@RHDRoom10). We’ll be using this on both Instagram and Twitter. I also wanted a # so my students could see what other students are doing in their classrooms. After poking around on Google, I realized there really isn’t a hashtag (that I could find) for this purpose. So I made one!
If you are a fifth grade teacher (like me!), use #5thto5th.
If you are a fourth grade teacher, use #4thto4th.
If you are a third grade teacher, use #3rdto3rd.
If you are a second grade teacher, use #2ndto2nd.
If you are a first grade teacher, use #1stto1st.
And so on.
My hope is that we can get a few more classrooms using at least the #5thto5th hashtag. Only students, sharing projects and ideas and work they are proud of. Think of the conversations they could have! Think of the ideas they could share! Think of the social media and digital citizen skills they could learn and practice!
If you have digital devices and are planning on using Instagram and/or Twitter with your kids, post your handle and grade level below so other classrooms can follow you! Post this hashtag on your wall to help remind your students to connect when they post!
I’m linking up with Monday Made-It at 4th Grade Frolics-check out all the other great ideas here!