So you're not in a 1:1 or BYOD school. Maybe your tech availability is scarce or non existent. You can still teach students digital citizenship. Teaching kids to be good, responsible citizens has always been a goal of teachers and many schools are able to use social media and digital tools to accommodate this, but others are not as lucky.
1. Social Media Summary
When you want students to show that they understand the main idea of a text or a lesson, use social media rules to have students demonstrate their understanding of the piece. Let them know that they have to sum the text up as a Twitter post (140 characters or less). You could have them go even further by creating a hashtag for the piece. Students can share their posts by passing them around the room where sticky notes, stickers, or simple drawings could suffice for likes. If you want students to comment, flip the paper over and leave a reply!
2. Hashtag Havoc
Teach students to summarize their feelings, activities, or events using hashtags. Post a question of the day or question of the week on the wall and have them create hashtags that reflect their attitudes toward the subject. For example, post the statement “I am most proud of…” and you may see hashtags like #footballskills #spellingbeechamp #Aonmytest!
3. Paper Based Twitter Chat
Twitter chats are a great way to discuss topics. If you have not been a part of a Twitter chat, find one for educators by going to this website. Twitter chats usually follow the Q1- A1 format. Someone posts a question with Q1 in front of it, while responses are labeled with A1. All questions and answers are grouped together through a hashtag. If you are not comfortable with students answering questions on Twitter, they are too young to have an account, or you don’t have access to computers you can do this using chart paper and papers or notecard. Post four or five topic related questions, in the Twitter format around your room on large chart paper. Have students move from one question to the other answering those questions as Twitter chat responses using note cards or paper taped to the large chart paper. After everyone has posted, allow students to rotate around the room again to post replies to the responses of others. You could also give students markers or stickers to add likes to posts as they read through posts.
The purpose of these activities is not to find new ways to engage students in class topics or share their accomplishments, they also allow for conversations about how to appropriately participate in online discussions and how to use social media positively.