How it works: We have twitter friends all around the world (see map below) and those classes tweet about what is happening in their room and about their learning. We have seen tweets about howler monkeys, batik, migration, snow, golden eagles, hurricanes, life cycle, pumpkins, growing plants, eggs, squirrels, pacific salmon, butterflies, horned owl, killer whales, Japan, Canada, Indonesia, and the list could go on. Each week as we read these tweets we write down topics or words that we are interested in knowing more about. I simply write them down on a sticky note that stays right next to my computer. Then on Friday I read the list to the class and they vote which one they are most interested in. The topic with the most votes becomes our research center for the next week and I find as many books as I can on the topic. Simple as that. Every week this center is one of the most popular because their friends have tweeted about the topic. I believe strongly that "where interest lies, learning occurs" and this center is a great example.
The Job: In the beginning of the year the kids look for their favorite pictures in the books and write the words on that page. As the year progresses they are asked to look for facts and summarize what they are seeing and reading depending on their ability. It is very easy to differentiate in this center. The main thing I am concerned with is that they are excited about research and understand that they can get information from books. I use this paper for the center-> Research Journal
Ways to collaborate with other classes around the world - Global Collaboration in Kindergarten
A few other ways our global connections have led to learning in my class- Armadillo Experts, Making A Book About TexasPin It