The days are gradually closing in and the autumn weather is making its presence felt. What better time then to do a Twitter Project. We did a Twitter project earlier in the year for the Signs of Spring and Mary Jo Bell suggested to me that we should do a similar one for the approach of autumn. So, over Twitter one night we decided to just go ahead and announce a “Signs of Autumn Twitter Project”.
The idea is simple. Just Tweet with your pupils any time during the week of October 1st – 5th about any signs of autumn that you see in your classroom, school area or locality. Even better, Tweet a photo of the sign of autumn that you and your pupils noticed. To keep all of the Tweets together use the following Twitter hashtag: #anfomhar Possible things you could Tweet about:
- leaves falling from the trees
- windy autumn weather
- seasonal fruit/vegetables
- Pupils playing conkers
- Pupils’ autumn art work
I know that lots of teachers joined Twitter on Summer courses this year, so this might be the perfect opportunity for you to Tweet with your class. Let other schools/classes that you are in contact with through Twitter know about the project and invite them to join in. If you are in contact with a school abroad, get them to join in too to give the project an international dimension. To make the project collaborative, don’t forget to reply to/comment on the Tweet of another school. So let’s build up a picture through Twitter of what the Signs of Autumn in Ireland 2012 are during the week. Above all, don’t forget to use the project hastag on every Tweet: #anfomhar You may wish to use a Twitter Client like Tweetdeck which will allow you to set up a specific column to view all of the #anfomhar Tweets as they come in during the week.
A condition of joining in the project is that you agree to have your Tweets collated into a project transcript to be available as a download to all teachers through Seomra Ranga. Also, if you Tweet a photograph, you agree to it being included in a photo album on Seomra Ranga’s Flickr Page which will keep a record of the Signs of Autumn 2012. If you are comfortable with those simple conditions, then let the Tweets flow from October 1st – 5th. Again, don’t forget to include #anfomhar in every Tweet so that it can be collated into the transcript.