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Gunpowder, Tweeting and Plot

November 8, 2010

Some of our Year 6s have been involved in an exciting project using Twitter to tell the story of the Gunpowder Plot. Several schools around the country have taken on different characters involved in the plot including the mastermind, Robert Catesby and even King James I himself.

If you have been following the adventures of #gtp2010 then it would be fantastic if you could leave us a comment below.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Fiona permalink
    November 8, 2010 11:59 am

    What a brilliant idea! I had a tweetdeck column set just to catch your tweets. Hope that you have plans to tell other interesting stories (historic or otherwise!) in this way.

  2. November 8, 2010 12:40 pm

    Well done. Loved the unfolding and unravelling of the plot over the days. People have done good Gunpowder Plots with our Kar2ouche Famous People from History, but the twitter plot added another dimension.

    Thanks for your efforts

  3. November 8, 2010 12:41 pm

    This was great fun and a fabulous way to learn more about an important part of English History. It really brought it alive. Thank you for letting us take part.

  4. November 8, 2010 12:58 pm

    Inspired use of twitter in education. I’m hugely impressed by the whole thing, and very much enjoyed reading your evolving story. Thanks.
    Linni (ex teacher/trainer and now “enjoy” exam setting and occupational standards writing!)

  5. Richard Woffenden permalink
    November 8, 2010 6:15 pm

    It was a fantastic idea and gave such a good perspective on the people and time frame involved. Great work.

  6. November 8, 2010 7:00 pm

    Great work well done. I have enjoyed following the events down here in New Zealand – we do have fireworks etc on the night. I have learnt some new facts about the plot too so thank you.

  7. November 8, 2010 10:43 pm

    Absolutely brilliant idea. Hats off to you for bringing History into the 21st Century. Hope to follow similar projects in future. Well done!

  8. November 9, 2010 12:46 pm

    This has been a very thought-provoking thread to follow. Raised quite a few after-hours discussions too, though not quite as many as the #1066election did ;). Hope to see more of these bringing history to life.

  9. Susie Arnott permalink
    November 9, 2010 10:52 pm

    I thought it was a great experience. I began to see the characters as real people with a point of view (even if a bad way of expressing it), rather than the bogeyman, and the Guy on the bonfire of childhood fireworks parties. Very powerful.

  10. November 10, 2010 10:53 am

    I thought this was an incredible inventive use of Twitter. I salute you Mr Leach and the environment in which you work for providing you with the space to be so inventive.

    I gave a talk to a number of headteachers last week on the 5th of November.

    The room was full of people that had significant doubts regarding social media and its place in school and I discussed what you were doing with this project.

    The response was very positive and provoked quite a lot of discussion as the doubters were quickly able to see beyond their concerns to uses they had not even begun to consider.

    Well done to you and to all those who were involved in creating what was for me a very enjoyable and educational Twitter experience.

  11. November 11, 2010 9:54 am

    This was such a great idea and such good fun to follow.

    I highlighted your post in my Daily Digest of Education related blogs today as I thought other teachers would also want to comment. You can see it here:


  1. Educational Blog Digest November 11th 2010 | Creative Education Blog

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