Twitter ideal for 5-year-olds, says teacher

Just as business leaders are finding official uses for social networking in the work environment, teachers are beginning to find a place for it in schools.


A pre-school teacher in New York has begun experimenting with using Twitter as a teaching and learning platform, according to The New York Times.


Teacher Jennifer Aaron claims Twitter helps pre-schoolers think about their day and summarise events. “Twitter is ideal for 5-year-olds because it is so short,” she told the paper.


Three times a week, Aaron’s classes are given access to Twitter and encouraged to compose group tweets about what they did earlier in the day.


After the pre-schoolers have composed their group message, Aaron asks them, “Are we ready to tweet?,” and they all enthusiastically answer, “Yeah!”


If social media catches on in schools as an official teaching tool as laptops have, it may not be long before parents can move beyond the “nothing” response to the question: “What did you do at school today?”


Instead they can turn to social media and then use that as a way of starting a real conversation. For some parents, that could be a real “tweet”.


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