As we get older it gets easier and easier to critique the younger generation over unfamiliar things. Today students of my generation are being ridiculed for being too addicted to social media. However as future teachers I say its not our job to judge and punish these kids for their interests but to adapt. After reading Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada’s article on the use of Instagram in the classroom I think it’s a perfect example of how to effectively blend social media into a learning environment. In essence she made her class make new Instagram accounts which they used to express their thoughts on the readings, post photos or even create memes. In doing this they allowed their students to creatively express themselves on a platform they know well. This ability to adapt and create new and engaging ways to learn is a especially important skill in our ever changing world. However knowing how to use social media in a classroom setting is another topic although as its both a wonderful learning tool but if used incorrectly it can be a disaster. Hannah Hudson article on 10 different ways to use Instagram in the classroom gives some excellent ideas that would work well in a classroom setting. We as future teacher can use these to build a new connection to our students through social media which will benefit their learning experience in a major way.