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It was raining. Again.
"Mom! Can we use the iPad?"
I said yes, and proceeded with my business as usual.
But out of the corner of my eye, I could see the brothers gathered together. Like something good was going on. Too Good.
If my boys are anything, it's honest. :) The looks on their faces told me enough.
As I take the iPad from them, I see they are using phone4kids. It mimics texting, calling, drawing.
The "texting" part of the app looks like this:
This is where the story picks up again. My two sons are passing messages back and forth like this:
"You are poop."
After I moved past my "Really?!?!?" moment as a mother, I went straight into digital citizenship mode. If it's not nice, if it's not telling your story (insert a little snark about the bathroom), if it's not necessary, don't say it!
I couldn't help it. At 10 and 6, we are just a few short years away from being on social media. Real Social media. Clearly we have more work to do as a family. And we will keep doing that work.
But wow! Did my brain start moving about the implications for the classroom. I know many of you are already rock stars in the area of teaching digital citizenship and integrating technology with backchannels, Padlets, etc. I've learned a lot this year, but I'm still learning...
So, What if? What if we teach kids to text properly using such an app? As students are reading to someone, they could also be "texting" thoughts to each other about the reading. What a safe environment to learn in.
It's late, my brain is shutting down. :) But when you look at this from a classroom perspective, what do you see?
I'm going to keep mulling this one.