This week, the first graders were either finishing their letters to Santa or visiting Santa's mailroom and retrieving his return letter! We are having so much fun corresponding with Santa!
Second graders continued working on their Storybird books this week. They are really coming along!
In third grade this week, we talked about Twitter and what the children's impressions are of this social media tool. They were fairly well educated on the uses of Twitter, using terms like "tweet," "follow," and "hashtag," and talking about how Twitter is similar to Instagram and Facebook. I feel strongly about educating these children about appropriate use of such tools as early as possible and setting them on a path of making wise decisions online. Twitter (and most social media sites) are legal only for children ages 13 and up, so to the students' dismay we did NOT become into crazy tweeters. Instead, we used a site called wallwisher.com (paper for the web) to practice appropriate "tweeting," and they seemed to enjoy themselves and do a nice job following instructions. I directed this activity by asking them to post to a specific prompt, and to remember to keep themselves protected by using first names or initials only. Here is an example of one "twitter" type wall:
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