Kindergarten have been reading ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.
So when they received the following photograph taken and tweeted from the school ski trip their imagination took them on an innovative journey of story writing.
Students regularly use Lend Me Your Literacy to publish their writing which has created a culture of writing in the classroom. Together with regular Skype chats with other classrooms around the world and publishing to their class website, their classroom moves far beyond the four walls in school. They had recently shared the story with a class from Sweden.
Twitter and the sound of ‘tweet, tweet, tweet’ from the class is common place as they utilise the social media platform to connect with racing drivers, astronauts and even aliens…
The initial provocation led to this story starter:
Little did they know that they did take my underpants and when they returned, FROZEN, they were keen to tell the aliens what they think. We decided there was no better way to contact aliens but through Twitter, so the class got to work composing Tweets and adding them to their ‘Visual Harvest’ storyboard in class and tweeting photographs of their tweets. The Aliens noticed and began tweeting back @ufounderpants
Follow the story below on Storify.
The underpant loving aliens are still in contact and as you can see from above are keen to share their adventures with the universe, even writing on snow.
The class are empowered story writers who utilise social media to publish their writing. There is a creative atmosphere of writing amongst the students who collaborate together and support each other with their writing.
Technology has redefined learning through the innovative use social media (SAMR) where learners do not distinguish between speaking with a class via FaceTime or face to face, writing can be drawn, a photograph, written with a glittery pen or typed as a tweet. Engagement and connection here are key. Learners and teachers are connected to a global community, parents have a window into the classroom in real time, commenting on learning which leads to a reading stimulus.
Creating the previously unimaginable requires innovation and embodies many attributes of the IB Learner Profile: Inquirer, Communicator, Risk Taker, Open Minded, Balanced… Modelling these attributes in our daily practice can create a culture of innovation which can transform the learning environment, as one student tweeted ‘I wunt the hol wrld too see my riting’.
The aliens have even started sending story podcasts: