I usually will not enter into discussions that feature a #chathashtag…..because of which I have shared here: http://projectsbyjen.com/blog/?p=1637 — that is my choice, that is my preference.
But last night, while zipping through the chat stream….I saw a tweet about using twitter and facebook in elementary and I just had to add my two cents. (from the http://twitter.com/#search?q=kinderchat stream)
I tweeted out:
I would take my K’s to voicethread and skype WAY
before I would take them to FB or Twitter. IMHO #kinderchat
and began waiting patiently for a response, because I knew there would be one.
What I did not expect was the avalanche of conversation that began to flood my twitter feed and my DM box. Some quite heated and angry.
When questioned professionally about my thoughts I responded with
And THAT 100% filters my decision of why I will NEVER use twitter or facebook in an elementary classroom.
Twitter says: Our Services are not directed to people under 13.
For me, that is enough said.
Now you might feel comfortable in interpreting that as you wish to make it work within your classroom. That is your prerogative and your options. I, myself, choose never to have to get involved in that argument if ever challenged for using that tool. Too many other battles to fight and other good options available. So, for young children, I walk away from twitter.
Facebook says: You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.
and again, you can justify this to work as you wish.
For me, and for my classroom — I choose to walk away from this option.
I was asked what method of communication I would use and my response was:
I should have qualified that with ED.VoiceThread….btw.
I continued to think of this conversation throughout the night…..both of the graciousness of many who allowed a discussion of differing thoughts but also the realization that at times we do need to stand on a foundation of thoughts, beliefs, and — dare I say it — policy!! (And not a personal policy but a school policy. )
What I would wish for in my kindergarten classroom would never include a social media presence. They are still working on social skills within the classroom, playground, and with their peers. There is time later to be introduced to social media…..I would concentrate much more on social interaction within the classroom and their cognitive development.
As for myself, the teacher — I would be blogging out to the parents daily. Lots of pictures and also voice recordings of the students thoughts. Reflections of daily events, links to help the parents with ideas, and upcoming news would be much of the content.
That is my stand, my foundation, and my thought-pattern.
You are always free to agree or disagree. I invite your conversation.