5 M’s of Using N T A Social Media in Your Classroom Informing & Inspiring New Teachers a Kappa Delta Pi publication bit.ly/NTASP17v24 KDP Executive Director FAYE SNODGRESS Managing Editor ANGELA HERRMAN Assistant Editors KATHIE-JO ARNOFF LAURIE QUAY EMILY ZOSS Art Director CHUCK JARRELL By Andria Lorentzen Volume 24, No. 3 NTA Advisors THERESA BECCATELLI HEATHER COWHERD ROBERT GRIGGS JACQUELINE MANN LISA MURLEY ROBIN QUICK ADRIENNE REDDY GINA RILEY STEPHANIE SCHAEFER TINA SNOW NICHOLAS J. ULIANO CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY ISSN 1070-7379 published four times during the school year by Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. Send all subscription orders and editorial correspondence to address above, call 1-800-284-3167, or visit KDP Online at www.kdp.org. Subscription rate: $14.00, members, per year, $25.00 for 2 years; $20.00, nonmembers, $35.00 for 2 years. Single copies, $7.00 (+s&h). Third-class bulk permit paid at Columbus, Ohio. Postmaster does not return issue to publisher with address change. Subscriber must send changes to: Kappa Delta Pi, 3707 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268-1158. ©2017 Kappa Delta Pi. All rights reserved. Social media is everywhere these days. From Facebook (www.facebook.com) to YouTube (www.youtube.com), students use social media to connect and share information with friends, family, and even strangers. Why not use social media in the classroom to keep things interesting? It can be a powerful tool that can lead to more engagement both inside and outside the classroom (Sim & Pop, 2014), as well as increased student satisfaction (Sylvia, 2014). Social media can be divided into two cate-gories: mainstream and education-based. Main-stream social media sites, such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter (www.twitter.com), are free and can be accessed by anyone. Education-based social media sites, such as Edmodo (www. edmodo.com), SchoolTube (www.schooltube. com), and Twiducate (www.twiducate.com), have a similar look and feel to their mainstream counterparts—Edmodo is designed to look like Facebook, for example—but often have more privacy settings and an integrated assessment system. Before getting started, look into district policies and check with your school’s technology or media department to see whether these sites can be accessed. Student safety and privacy come first!