Our fifth graders have school-provided iPads, my fourth graders use Chromebooks for everything from composition writing to math fact practice and more than 40% of the third grade plays Minecraft. And those are just the things I know for sure. I can also tell you that 23 parents have asked to add me as a friend on Facebook since last August and 12 students on Instagram have requested to follow my private account. It is clear that technology and social media have taken over the way we communicate, yet schools are often way behind the curve. Too often, teachers and school administrators fall into the old trap of the “Facebook will ruin your life because the internet is forever!” speech, and refuse to address the growing influence of social media on our students’ lives. What we all need to accept is that social media can be used as a powerful communication method in and beyond our classrooms.