Kindergartners Are Using Twitter in the Classroom -- Is That Too Young?

Twitter isn't just for condensing your opinions into 140 characters or less. Now, some educators, like New York City teacher Jennifer Aaron, say the social media tool can bolster learning, according to The New York Times.

Three times a week Aaron has her kindergarten students collaborate to compose a concise group message about their day to Tweet to their families. She projects the work-in-progress on the board so the class can see the edits and re-write.

"To me, Twitter is like the ideal thing for five-year-olds because it is so short," Aaron told The New York Times. "It makes them think about their day and kind of summarize what they've done during the day; whereas a lot of times kids will go home and Mom and Dad will say, 'What did you do today?' And they're like, 'I don't know.'"

While I don't think it's good for kids to be overexposed to media, this sounds like a fun learning experience. Using vocabulary, reading and writing together to construct thoughts in a succinct manner is an important skill. Besides, it's not like the teacher is plopping these kids in front of a laptop and saying, "Tweet away!" (and the Twitter account is private).

Lots of others feel differently, however and wonder whether it's necessary to teach young kids that they need to report on their daily experiences and condense those thoughts into less than 140 characters. Check out what some iVillagers had to say on Facebook:

"I have a severe problem with this concept. Twitter as a concept is about condensing what you want to say; I feel children at such a young age should be taught the opposite, how to express themselves as eloquently as possible. They should be taught a solid, broad foundation of the English language before they try to figure out how to condense it." -- Gareth 

"YIKES! Do we really want to teach kids to self-promote and over-share and use abbreviations and acronyms before they even know how to read and write the word 'cat'?!" -- Elizabeth 

"Not in my child's class! I have an 8-year-old, a 9-year-old and a 17-year-old. The teacher would get an ear full from me and their father." -- Stacey 

"I think tweeting as a class is a great idea. In school, most of us were taught to write a certain amount of words or pages, but most of what we wrote was extra fluff to get us to that word limit. By having a discussion on how to get rid of the fluff, our children will learn how to use language effectively." -- Emilee Marie 

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