It’s safe to say that Twitter is here to stay. Regardless of whether you Tweet or not, for sure you’ve felt the #impact of Twitter, whether it’s @tv, @home, or @work. While most of my students don’t have Twitter accounts yet, they have used the one set up for the 6th grade, @waltonwriters. Students are also learning how to use FakeTweetBuilder, a free fake Twitter generator.
While the site is not perfect, as it only allows you to have six lines of dialogue in the image before cutting you off, meaning you have to copy and paste a longer “fake” conversation multiple times, it is an awesome site for simulating a Twitter conversation. I’ve used it during novel studies for kids to imagine what characters might have said had they been on Twitter or to replay an important part of the novel in a different way. Here’s what I love about this process:
- easy check for comprehension of text
- engaging for kids
- kids learn the language of Twitter
- allows for creative use of user ID names based on the character’s personality
- allows for customization of avatars and other graphics, but also not required, depending on how much time there is for this activity
- utilizes tech skills, from copy and pasting text to saving images to their computer and uploading to either email or their blog for turn-in
There are also many uses for this. Some of the ways I’m thinking of using FakeTweetBuilder include:
- conversations between characters in the same book
- conversations between characters in different books
- conversations between historical figures
When students finish, their final image can be hung in their classroom, posted to the class website, or posted to their individual blog. And, unlike MyFakeWall (which is up for auction for $84 right now), FakeTweetBuilder doesn’t have the glitches that will frustrate students.