I participated in an awesome #vted chat last night and our conversation was about digital citizenship. I have been thinking a lot about the chat and how much I learned from others who shared. I was inspired to share about what has happened in @vermontkkids123 this month.
What a wonderful month it has been in Kindergarten. I have been reflecting and thinking about how I am modeling and engaging my students, their families and myself in regards to becoming digital citizens. It has been an amazing month of connecting and integrating technology into our busy days together.
Twitter has enriched my professional learning and also the learning of my students. The connections and learning opportunities we have experienced have been rich, interactive and have given us opportunities to connect with others. My students have also been models for others in regards to “how” we tweet and why. We had a great opportunity this month. @vtfirsties contacted us via twitter. They are a first grade class in New Hampshire. They connected with us on twitter and Skype! We had a conversation via Skype and it was awesome! One of our new friends asked us why we tweet. One of my students shared that we tweet because that is how we connect with other people and we then we can share. So proud of my students.
Now we have a new connection. We have exchanged comments on each others kidblogs too! The students have used 2 different platforms to have conversations, connect and share! Later one of my students was noticing the blue line on twitter between tweets. I asked;” What do you think it means?” Two of my students shared that it means we are connected! Wow! Yes, it does and now I have another opportunity to go deeper in terms of what else they may notice. One of my students shared that we can have lots of conversations at the sametime. Yes, because we have more than 1 blue line between tweets. This is how easy it can be and so meaningful when using social media to help develop digital citizens.We also connected with a Kindergarten class in Wisconsin. Through twitter we have learned a new mathematical game that is helping us develop the concept of subtraction.
Our conversation focuses on what we learned and discovered through a connection we made in regards to what we were learning. Our friends in Wisconsin, @naulta132 also get to experience how they have made a difference for us. This is how we, as educators of young children can model and help our students experience what it means to be a safe, kind and responsible digital citizen.
Students enjoy getting a paper twitter bird as an explicit artifact that they can bring home and share with their family. Kidblog is another way to share how we are learning and with who. Skype is a way to have face to face conversations with others outside of our classroom.
I feel that as an educator I am modeling how we make a difference and make contributions to the world through learning, this is part of being a global citizen. The digital part is how we share our story. Through our stories we connect, have conversations and inspire others.