A few years ago, NIST was looking to harmonize its online presence in social media with a simple and memorable hashtag (#). Other schools and groups had success like #SASrocks (Singapore American School) and #EDchat (teachers’ educational forum), and NIST wanted to do the same. After consulting with Kim Cofino, an international learning coach based her in Bangkok, about using social media to promote the type of learning NIST aspires to, a remarkably easy and suitable hashtag was born; #NISTis (full credit goes to Philip Williams, our Elementary Librarian, for coming up with the agreed upon suggestion). Many like this hashtag because it works in a sentence (ex. #NISTis learning about climate change), but often overlooked is how it really is NIST International School in shorthand as well. Brilliant.
Even if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can see most of what is happening at our wonderful school by searching for #NISTis (or clicking this link) and every instance where that hashtag is used should appear. What is particularly nice about exploring the hashtag is that it gives insight to events on and off campus, inside and outside the classroom, and from the perspectives of many in our community. Examples include updates from tournaments, backstage pics from drama performances, implementation of new programs in classrooms, and references to teacher learning during professional development. The beauty of having a hashtag such as #NISTis is that anyone in our community can contribute. So go out and share the great learning and experiences that we as as a community are having by posting with the #NISTis hashtag.