Hub for resources | Case studies | Place to connect
At NIST we would like to help schools, educators and learners by:
- providing a hub of curated information about how to use social media for teaching and learning
- sharing the case study of social media integration at NIST International School including our challenges, things we needed to consider and solutions we adopted whilst moving forward
The ubiquity of social media is a new phenomenon and there is no real template of how to move forward in this landscape. When constructing other school policies, educators draw on a rich history of nearly a century of child psychology and create policy informed by such theory. With the rapid shift happening in social media schools look to a variety of resources to define what is ‘right’ for their own community. We suggest to create clear, smart, simple, positive, open statements on a school’s philosophy for expected behaviors in order to light the way forward for educators embracing the teaching and learning in the ever changing potential of the social, mobile web. However as they move forward in this endeavor, schools no longer need to be the microcosm in which children learn how to navigate civilization, interact with others, build relationships and forge connections. Their learning landscape is now global. They should be able to create their own connections in safe, effective and ethical ways. It follows that we have the responsibility as educators to create documents, policies, and philosophies that underpin our practice with desire to leverage technology in the best way for our learners.