Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Using Twitter To Extend My Math Lessons

As a primary level teacher it was my goal to have students communicate their learning from the classroom to the world while leveraging student safety and the logistics of multiple devices.  Leading my students through the creation of a learning network on Twitter was the ticket. 
Twitter is a classroom tool that empowers students to develop their voice through global connections.  

My students learn from others on Twitter and share their learning with a broader community. Through whole-group Twitter activities (mirroring our iPads through Apple TV) and individual Twitter activities (tweeting independently using iPads), my students recognize that there are connections to be made beyond our Ontario classroom.
We have been using Twitter for over a year now and in the last few weeks, my students have really taken the lead on using it to extend their learning in math.  It seems like over the past few weeks, if we have a few extra moments at the end of the math period or for my early finishers, my students jump on Twitter and continue the math lesson.  However, my students have changed the role from student to teacher.  They are asking the questions and providing feedback when they have members of their PLN answering their questions.
Here are a few examples of how my students have been reversing the roles and teaching their peers on Twitter about what they are learning in class.

These extensions on Twitter help solidify my students math knowledge and it keeps them coming back for more.  They can't wait for the next day to see if anyone has answered their questions.  If someone does answer their question, I have my students check to see if the answer is correct and respond back to that person or class.  If the answer is incorrect they must tell them and give them an explanation on why it is incorrect.

Not only does this enrich the learning but it is a fantastic assessment tool for myself.  When a student can create their own question and argue the answer, I know that they have mastered the concept.


  1. I love this! This is a fantastic idea!

  2. Thank you for sharing! This is an excellent example of how to use Twitter with your class! I would love to know what app you were using with the 100's chart - I haven't seen it and would love to use it with my students, and share about it!

  3. Great ideas, and I love the student exemplars. Thank you for sharing! I am also interested in knowing the name of the app your students shared their mystery number Hundred chart riddles with. Looks excellent!

  4. The app is called hundreds chart. I think it is $1.99. We use it all of the time. It is a great app to have in the math folder!

  5. Thank you! I will be purchasing it for us very soon! Here's the link to the App Store -