How did you learn to braid your hair? Did your mom show you how to carefully twist different strands of hair while making sure you don’t have any stragglers? Did you stare at a mirror and figure out this technique on your own? Maybe, you learned from your best friend on the playground during recess.
I learned by watching my mom braid my hair countless times before school, but I remember being frustrated that I could not french braid. There were “how-to” books in our library, but I am a learner that needs to see actual examples. Too bad You Tube wasn’t around in 1995.
The Monday morning after spring break I was filing papers at my desk and watching sleeping students trudge into my room when a bouncing blonde haired student bounded up to my desk. “Mrs. Blalock! Mrs. Blalock! I learned how to braid my own hair. See,” Caroline beamed at me as I admired her post-spring break hair style. “And how did you learn how to do that Caroline?” I asked. “You Tube, hair braiding basics,” was her reply.
The argument has been made that teachers do not have enough time in the day to teach our content area, and there is no way we could add anything else into our daily routine. However, to create well-rounded children, we must teach them appropriate social media behavior and technology expectations. The integration of technology is infused in their everyday life and whether we like it or not our students are going to have access to technology and social media, so why not teach them how to use it as an appropriate tool?
My classroom has used Twitter for various reasons and now every time I read a book aloud to them or mention a historical figure who is still around they ask if they have a Twitter account. Why? The answer is easy. They understand the use of Twitter and how it can connect people all over the world.