To Tweet or Not To Tweet?

It promises to be an interesting day on a number of fronts.  One of the various items on the agenda today is our visit to Carr Hill Primary School in Retford.  We are going to be working together this year on a number of areas and we take our first steps on our journey today.

It will to be of great benefit to all of us involved as we work together during this academic year.  Collaboration is a powerful process when done well, with real purpose and I am looking forward to developing our work together during this year.

It would help us if you can comment on how you have used social media to help you with your work / blogging.  Thank you.


11 thoughts on “To Tweet or Not To Tweet?

  1. In foundation 1 we like to use social media to communicate with parents, we can tweet when we are doing something in particular or when we are proud of the children’ achievements. We also enjoy blogging and have blogging events where the children are able to develop listening, thinking and communication skills in a fun way.
    We have had some very positive feedback from parents about our blog and twitter feed and about how they like that they are informative about what their children are doing at school and keeps them updated on any events at school.

  2. As a Year 3 teacher, I use the class blog to share English and Topic work that the children have written during a teacher-led session. I usually post this myself, taking the work from the children’s books. I then use Twitter, to share with my followers that work has been posted on the class blog, in order to gain feedback and comments from parents and other staff.

    Furthermore, I use Guided Reading time to set a trio of activities, one of them being a blogging activity. This links to the topic that is being taught for the term. For example, the children blog about the questions that they would like answering prior to a topic being taught.

    Children also have the opportunity to post their own work on the blog, using their own usernames and passwords. This is something that will increase rapidly throughout the academic year.

  3. In Foundation two we use the blogs to share good work with the parents by taking and posting pictures of good work.
    We have chatter matters questions which we ask the children a question and then post their responses on the blog.
    We have Dudley the dog who goes home with a member of the class at the weekend and we ask the parents to tweet and blog about the things that they have got up to at the weekend.
    We also use our class twitter page to communicate with parents about the different things that we are doing in the classroom and inform them about important information for class and school events.

  4. In Year 2 we use blogging across the curriculum to promote writing. Often a group of 6 children use iPads to complete their English work that can be read and commented on by an international audience. Last half term we held an after school blogging event called The Perfectly Petrifying Pizza Party where children returned to school in the evening to make and eat pizzas whilst blogging stories, instructions and descriptions about their experience. We plan to hold a blogging event each half term to continue promoting blogging throughout the year. Frequently, as part of weekly homework, the children will carry out research and then blog their findings or write about their weekend activities.

    Miss Hemsall and Mr Bellingham

  5. In Year 6 we use the blogs across the curriculum to promote writing. We use the blogs as a platform to present and share our work with a wider audience. Homework tasks are also set through the blogs and children are able to produce creative and imaginative writing. We use social media to communicate and promote our writing between different schools, parents and international organisations.

  6. Twitter offers us a fantastic way of involving parents in their children’s learning and giving a quick opportunity to post information and pictures to their parents. It gives children an audience for their work and offers a good reward for children when they have worked hard, to have their work shared. Twitter offers a chance to share good news and ideas and look at what other schools are doing.

    Twitter is also a great way to direct people to the blog when you have wrote a post and retweets can help widen the audience of the blog.

    It also offers a way to build excitement about upcoming events and create a buzz about their learning.

  7. We use twitter to make links with other settings, schools and practitioners. This enables us to share best practice, ideas and children’s work with a wider audience. We are also able to learn about others, broadening our children’s horizons.

    Our blogs are used to share our children’s writing, mark making and communication and language with home, our school community and beyond. Our children gain a sense of pride and achievement seeing the comments written about their work and parents can see the learning that takes place in school.
    We blog weekly, post photographs and complete a blogging event each half term to boost blogging amongst our families.

  8. In Willow Class we use individual blogs to write, improve and edit our work on a weekly basis. We use them to provide the children with a real life audience who comment on their work, we find this useful as it keeps the children highly motivated to provide engaging work for others to see.
    We also use our class blog to look at other blogs and comments we have received.

    The blog is also used to provide information about events throughout the academic year. Our upcoming blogging event will be based around Christmas activities.

    We use Twitter to provide live instant updates about our learning journey and key information at Norbridge.

  9. Year 1

    At the end of every English lesson we choose 5 books as a class to put on the Blog. We choose these books based on who has met the criteria for the lesson. We explain to children how work is put on the Blog so next term they will be able to put it on themselves. Children work hard to try and get their work on the Blog because they understand once it is; it is then shared with the world. Each week we check how many people have visited the Blog. We also use the Blog to set ‘Blog challenges’ which children can do from home to encourage and promote writing. We will tweet a link to the Blog every time new work is put on to encourage parents to comment. We use Twitter as a daily update for parents to see what we do in class.

  10. We use blogging in various ways, one way is to keep children more engaged. For children it is used to show their work to a global audience and they are able to compare their work with peers around the globe. For teaching staff it is giving their children the opportunity to use a different method for their handwriting. Blogging is also used as a home link tool where children and parents can keep up to date and work together to post blogs. In Hazelnut Class we have a class mascot, called Squirrel Nutkin, each week he goes home with a nominated child as a reward for their work and attitude that week, if a child takes Squirrel Nutkin home they then blog about what they have been doing together that weekend, this encourages writing, blogging and using modern technology. We also have after school blogging events regularly with different themes that children participate and blog about.
    We use twitter as a link for people to be able to access our class web page and blogging page easily.

  11. In Year 1 we use our blog and twitter accounts to share information, children’s work and ideas. We share our work and ideas with other settings and take part in shared blogging events with other schools and the wider community. Our class twitter account is mainly used for sharing daily photos of events and successes which have taken place within school and our classroom. We also share information about things which are important and relevant to our children’s families.
    We use our class blog to share work with the wider community. Children from Year 1 understand that once their work is published it can be read by anyone, anywhere. We blog about the activities which take place in our classroom and children are eager to read other’s responses about their work.

    We also use our twitter account to promote our blog and provide links to posts.

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