Twitter in the kindergarten

This post follows a link that I get regularly as a follower of a really good education blog called Emerging EdTech.

This morning I went to the home page and found that there was a promotional video (above). The idea of doing a promotional video for a blog is a really good one and the personal touch of putting an actual face and voice to the person who writes a blog is one that I feel may well catch on more widely in the blogging world.

This is not the reason though that I have felt compelled to write this post. In the video the main subject is about a  post from a Canadian Kindergarten teacher called Amy Night  which is called “I Heard Them Say Love Is The Way

The EdTech blog sought permission to reprint the whole post. I read it here first and then in the original. It is, without doubt a touching and inspiring post.

As someone who has had a lot of trouble trying to convince teachers of the the advantages of Twitter for professional development and contact with fellow professionals, I was just amazed and impressed that here was a teacher of such young children using the power of Twitter to allow them to communicate and understand how children lived in Indonesia.

There are two things in the blog that I will remember for a long time… the section where she talks about the actual knowledge about what a map is for (a picture from above of where we live), that blue is always water and that sometimes there is over 50 degrees centigrade of difference between the temperatures of Canada and Indonesia.

My favourite quote from the post though is: ” I  didn’t know that this project would lead me to think that the world might be a far better place if foreign aid and international disaster relief policies were written by five-year-olds”.

It is great to discover the power of social media to allow children to learn and communicate. I have also discovered a blogger that I will want to follow in the future.

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