Web 2.0 has not only changed how we communicate with each other and process information and transactions, it has established a framework for completely transforming how young people learn and teachers teach. With the proliferation of so many new social media and interactive platforms, schools and teachers are maneuvering to try to determine which options make the most sense across grades and ages. The fact that some students learn better when theories and concepts are taught using real life applications is one main reason why educators are anxious to embrace new forms of online simulations as effective teaching tools. The capacity to build virtual networks and classrooms among students who may never be in the same physical space is presenting immense learning opportunities for students. The use of social media to facilitate student exchanges across cultures and other geographical boundaries has elevated the appeal of traditional topics like world history and civics. Our evolving electronic age has dovetailed nicely with educators’ need to develop innovative learning approaches that can lead to much improved academic achievement for students across the learning spectrum.What we now have is a plethora of online formats that can be employed as traditional and nontraditional pedagogical tools. Something as simple as online research has been useful for introducing young people to the educational benefits of the internet. The integration of social media and other real time venues are promising methods for enhancing the social and communication skills of the next generation, while also exposing them to diverse groups and cultures which they may not have otherwise experienced. With the proper guidance and oversight from their classroom teachers, students are using online formats such as blogs and webinars to enhance their cross-cultural learning. The chance to dialogue with peers from around the world, by blogging and chatting, can serve to enhance the intellectual curiosity of a generation that is basically obsessed with online media. Our task is to make sure that we translate the range of potential across web 2.0, in ways that improve the critical thinking skills of our young people, as well as their capacity to process data and information more effectively. As the adult stewards of the next generation, we owe it to them to adapt and adjust to the prominence of electronic platforms in their academic and personal lives.