|Grade 6/7 students participated in a live "tweet-up" event|
while watching the Saskatchewan Minister of Finance
deliver the 2012-13 budget speech.
|Some of the budget themed|
snacks enjoyed by students
during the event.
It was fascinating to observe students, who are not normally engaged in class discussions, participate actively in this activity. Most groups started by tweeting the facts that they were hearing, but later, they started tweeting their opinions about what they were hearing in the budget. The received questions about what they were saying and had to justify their "tweets" to people and support their opinions when challenged by others.
We received some attention online from others who were excited to see students get engaged on the topic. Some of the tweets included:
|Saskatchewan School Board Association|
|Sheila Coles, CBC Radio|
|Murray Mandryk, Regina Leader Post|
Given the success of the activity, I would not hesitate to participate again in a live social media type event. The students' understanding of the budget and the conversations that took place were rich and impressive for their age. At the end of the day, I was rewarded by receiving tweets from students about their experience. Here are a couple of examples: