I would argue yes. So would Vicki Davis, writer for Edutopia. Take her “quiz” and see what her thoughts are on the matter: A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom.
Vicki gives reasons why we need to be teaching social communication to students. I would build on her views of teaching proper etiquette to also needing to teach to the world our students live in. When I was in school, we learned to write. So we wrote letters to one another and passed notes. Were we breaking a classroom rule? Yes. But were we at least building on the concepts being taught to us about writing? Of course! If we don’t teach students how to write in a media they will utilize frequently on their own, will they independently practice the skills being taught to them on a frequent basis?
In the article Vicki gives several ideas for bringing in social media into the classroom which offer a vessel to teach social media etiquette and responsibilities.
Take a look and check it out! Happy communicating!