Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tribeca Kindergartners Are Better At Twitter Than You

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Forget about nap time and eating your own boogers—one teacher at P.S. 150 in Tribeca is teaching her kindergartners how to tweet, reports the NYTimes. In addition to teaching the kids about time, three days a week Jennifer Aaron sits down with her class to brainstorm a summary of their activities in 140 characters or less. The kindergartners have already learned not to tweet lame non sequiturs, which makes them savvier than most adults on Twitter.

“There were no lame reflections,” said another student, referring to the end-of-day pieces all the students write, which on this particular day were of exemplary quality.

With a few edits to the message, cutting it down to size, Ms. Aaron asked a student to read it back to her.

Luke: “We added more days in school stickers. We didn’t have any lame reflections. We had snack outside. Ask us about time.”

Tweets like that seem like they could turn @JensClass into the next @Horse_ebooks, but luckily, Aaron has made the account private. The class only has 35 followers made up of parents and relatives.

“To me, Twitter is like the ideal thing for 5-year-olds because it is so short,” [Aaron] said. “It makes them think about their day and kind of summarize what they’ve done during the day; whereas a lot of times kids will go home and Mom and Dad will say, ‘What did you do today?’ And they’re like, ‘I don’t know.’”

Well, they say you can never start developing an ambient awareness of digital networking too soon. Maybe P.S. 150's first graders ought to get to work redesigning a more user-friendly version of the Facebook Timeline...after snack, of course.

[via NYTimes]

You can follow Sydney Brownstone on Twitter @sydbrownstone

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