In internet time this story is already old; 2nd grade students correct NFL players’ tweets. Cute idea? Sure! So what’s the takeaway?
Students love correcting adults’ mistakes.
It’s a subversive activity that allows students to feel like they know more than adults. And you can remind them that everyone makes mistakes.
If my students could live on twitter, they would
Wall-e style. They speak in hashtags. I will hear, “Omg I’m posting this on twitter” at any given moment in a conversation — school-related or not. There are more pros than cons with having a school account, if you ask me, and having one has already helped in more situations than one.
The cons lie in the stigma of using social media to communicate with students (especially as a young teacher) and the potential for students to cross boundaries.
Anyone else using Twitter or other forms of social media to communicate with students? Do you find building online relationships helps classroom dynamics, or creates more hassle than it’s worth?