Social media is a valuable tool when used appropriately and with common sense

social-mediaSocial media isn’t exactly new, but its educational uses are still evolving. Many educators are able to use Twitter, Facebook, and blogs with their students, but other teachers find that their school districts block access to these and other social networking sites.

Most would argue that social media, when used responsibly and appropriately by educators and students, has many uses in the classroom. Educators are using social media as a powerful tool for student learning, professional development, and to create and maintain personal learning networks (PLNs).

Social media is any form of online publication or presence that allows interactive communication and that is published somewhere, said Lisa Nielsen, director of Digital Literacy and Citizenship at the New York City Department of Education author of the blog The Innovative Educator.

(Next page: Nielsen’s social media recommendations)