Saturday, September 9, 2017

Bringing Back #Stu2StuChat 2017-2018

It was a few years ago when I was teaching fifth grade that my dear friend Sandy Otto thought of putting together a chat.  You can read her blog post about it here.

I loved helping my students participate in the #stu2stuchat.  The students were about 1:1 that year if you include the devices that they brought with them. They logged into Twitter and into my class account @bluejacketway . Everyone had the password as I kept it on the board. That helped them learn social media in a safe way. I also had three students who were our key Tweeters for the day, but all could tweet if they were logged in.

Here is what we learned:

  1. Digital citizenship skills in real life.
  2. How to have conversations with people their age in other places.
  3. How to develop conversations about core subjects
  4. How to develop conversations about interests
  5. How to develop conversations that help us see society through their eyes.
Most of all we HAD FUN.

Was it risky? YES! But it was a great safe space to be a digital citizen and the students and families knew that. I did not get any pushback.

This year, I would like to bring back the chat, "The little chat that could," as Sandy says. It would be once a week at 12:55-1:25 (give or take in that time frame) PM CST and geared toward 5-8th graders. We will have a question and answer format but keep the questions to three and a CTA, Call To Action.

So, what to you think? Would you like to join in the conversation with your class? Here is a form to fill out so that we can get this up and rolling!