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How Does Social Media in the Classroom Meet NETS-T?

Kimberly Lirette and Valerie Green-Scott

Nicholls State University
EDTL 594

How Does Social Media in the Classroom Meet NETS-T?
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a non-profit
organization that connects educators of all levels. ISTE believes that technology gives students
and teachers the ability to connect with others around the world and engage in a more
meaningful learning experience. ISTE provides educators with a medium to collaborate with
other educators who share the same passion about technology in the classroom. Not only does
ISTE provide an opportunity for educators to work together, it also hosts a conference and expo
yearly. This conference has sessions with leaders in the educational technology field, sessions
on various topics such as BYOD, an expo that exhibits the leading educational technology, and
numerous other opportunities to connect with other educational technology leaders and educators
(ISTE, 2014).
ISTE also provides a set of standards; these standards are formally known as NETS
(National Educational Technology Standards) and provide a set of criteria that should be met by
students, teachers, administrators, coaches, and computer science educators. These standards are
not meant to determine whether or not people that are in these positions are ineffective, rather,
they simply give an idea of what these roles should be able to do with technology. This can be a
helpful tool in determining how individuals can choose professional development for themselves
and grow as an educator (ISTE, 2014). After conducting research on social media in the
classroom, it has been inducted that there are several NETS-T standards that are met through the
use of social media in an educational setting.
NETS-T has five standards; to facilitate and inspire student creativity and learning;
design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments; model digital age work and
learning; promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility; and engage in professional
growth and leadership (ISTE, 2014). Through the use of social media in the classroom,
teachers are able to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and
innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments (ISTE, 2014). Teachers promote
innovative thinking, engage students in the exploration of real-world applications, encourage
collaboration among students in the thinking and planning process and supports collaboration in
a virtual environment (ISTE, 2014). Through the use of social media in the classroom, teachers
are able to create differentiated formative and summative assessments, thereby meeting the
individual needs of students. Teachers are able to interact and communicate with parents and
students through social media. Social media in the classroom gives teachers the opportunity to
teach digital citizenship to students and allows for teachers to communicate with other teachers
across the world (ISTE, 2014).

International Society for Technology in Education (2014). NETS-T. Retrieved October 29, 2014,
from http://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/20-14_ISTE_Standards-T_PDF.pdf