I love using Twitter in my classroom. If you ask my students what the purpose of Twitter is for them, they will likely respond with, "To build relationships, learn from peers and to teach others." I have done my best to model for my students that Twitter is a tool for learning and I hope that my students continue with this mindset as they grow older. This past Tuesday, during math we used Twitter to extend our learning about surveys and graphing. We have been working on the entire process of how to conduct a survey, asking a question, using tallies to record the results and then creating a graph to show the results. Here is our anchor chart that we co-created this past week.
I felt that my students had a good grasp on the concept so I had them formulate a survey question about what foods their survey group would like best. My students created a question with three choices, then tweeted it from our class Twitter account. I was ecstatic with how many classes, and people responded to our questions. The following day, we had enough responses for my students to gather to create their graphs.
When we connect with people outside of our school walls, it creates excitement and engagement. My students couldn't wait until math class the following day to see how many people responded to all of their surveys. Students created their graphs on chart paper and now have decided that they would like to create their graphs on the iPads so they can tweet their results to their audience.