Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

Twitter in the classroom

As you may have noticed in my previous blog post my class, 3 Jess, has recently begun to use Twitter PROPERLY. I say properly for 3 reasons that I will outline and explain in this post.

Reason 1: We now have a Twitter wall. It’s a window that looks into an office. I backed this window with black paper to give it a chalkboard feel, bought some liquid chalk markers and VOILA! a Twitter wall. I also added a clipboard and paper for those students who don’t feel comfortable using the markers. Throughout the day students are free to reflect on their learning at any point. We have discussed expectations and responsibilities, so I am not at all worried about students wasting an excess amount of time at Twitter wall. Students initial their tweets so their privacy is protected but still feel a sense of ownership over their tweet. I then upload these tweets onto our class Twitter account (@3JessMLP12C) using the iPad. This Twitter wall also has a space for ‘Tweeter of the week’ and ‘Tweet of the week’. At the moment I am the one who will choose these lucky winners, but next term I’d like to leave it up to the students to select a winner for each of these categories. There is also a space that lists the number of accounts we are following, the number of accounts following us and the number of tweets we have posted.

Reason 2: I have made time for us to read and reply to tweets each day. Each morning, after we have marked the role etc., we connect the iPad to the Apple TV. We go through any tweets that came through overnight. As a class we discuss replies and post these. We also go through our Twitter feed and look at what our ‘friends’ have been doing. These short sessions generate interesting class discussions amongst my students. I also stop students throughout the day when necessary to show them something that somebody has replied or posted.

Reason 3: We have made approximately 20 global connections in the past week. My students have become thoroughly excited by the fact that they are talking to teachers and students in places such as Ireland, New York and Canada. We have tweeted them, discussed similarities in learning and looked for their locations on maps. At the moment we are trying to get our Prime minister, Julia Gillard, to follow us so she can see the fantastic learning taking place in our classroom. 3/6/13 UPDATE: Julia Gillard followed my class. They were all extremely excited! 

As a class we have discussed cyber safety. We have spoken about why we don’t put photos of our faces up or give away our home address or personal details over social networking sites such as Twitter. They understand that we only initial their tweets in order to protect their privacy.

We have spoken about hastags and tagging other twitter accounts in our tweets. Some of the tags we have been using are: #vicpln, #literacy #science #mathchat.

We also have several parents following our account, which is fantastic. We discuss their tweets and replies in class, which the students love.

I highly recommend using Twitter in the classroom, it’s a great and exciting experience… If you put in the effort and do it properly!

Again I’d like to thank Bec Spink for inspiring me at ICTEV13.

Here is a few of our tweets from Tuesday and Wednesday!

Literacy & ICT


During a recent writers notebook workshop I decided to use the app Tour Wrist as a writing stimulus for students.

Tour Wrist is an augmented reality app that allows you to ‘explore’ locations all over the world via panoramic images.

After connecting my iPad to the AppleTV the class chose which country they would like to ‘visit’ first, they chose Italy. One by one students came up and held the iPad, exploring The Vatican and Colosseum. The rest of the class was able to see exactly what that particular student was viewing via the AppleTV.

We then chose to visit Notre Dame in France, Ubud Monkey Forest in Bali and Portarlington Beach in Victoria. Again students explored these locations; looking up, down, left and right.

Each student then chose a seed idea, being one of the 5 locations and were given 30 minutes of independent writing time. Students were given the freedom to choose the genre of writing they preferred.

The work they produced was sensational. I really enjoyed using this app with the students. They were engaged and eager to write about their seed idea

Unit 1: Getting started

My name is Jess Gallagher and I am a second year graduate at Manor Lakes P-12 College in Wyndham Vale, Victoria. In 2012 I worked in a Grade 6 1:1 iPad program and this year I am with a grade 3 class integrating technology into our learning in anyway I can. This technology includes 8 MacBooks, an Apple TV, a class blog and class twitter.

I am an avid user of web 2.0. Over the past 2 years I have developed and contributed to class websites to support student learning and integrated social media (eg. Twitter) to share my own and my students educational successes and challenges. I have integrated cloud technology (eg. Dropbox) to share work with my students and give them a space to save their work.

I have worked closely with a number of educators who are extremely passionate about the integration of technology into learning, and this has quickly rubbed off on me.

In 2012 I attended uLearn in Auckland, New Zealand and co-presented on the 1:1 iPad program at Manor Lakes P-12 College. This was a fantastic opportunity as I was not only able to meet many wonderful educators from all over the world, but I was also able to take that next step in my professional journey. Throughout the course of the year I also attended other PDs such as ICTEV. Working at a college that is highly recognised for its effective integration of technology I have also had the opportunity to showcase the way my students use ICT as well as discuss my philosophies and practice with the many visitors that come through. Later this year I plan to attend a Victorian TeachMeet in order to meet people I am connected with on Twitter.

I’m currently preparing with my co-presenter our next presentation for this years ICTEV conference. Based upon our proposal we have been asked to prepare an article on learning and teaching with mobile devices.

The reason I decided to become involved with the Victorian PLN is to expand my current local, interstate and international connections.