Our latest internet policy says no VOIP and no social networking. I have already sent feedback outlining the benefits of both (Ning!) but I would be grateful for any links to scholarly type papers in support of VOIP and social networks.

PS Why doesn't Ning spellcheck recognise ning? Or spellcheck for that matter? ;)

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Great question and I look forward to the answers. Personally, I would start with identifying the reasons they want to ban VOIP and Social Networks. Take a look at whether their concerns are legitimate or not. The type of literature you want needs to be specific to their concerns.
http://www.education.com/magazine/article/online_ed/

This article shows the results of a study in which the National School Board Association is supporting the use of socila networking in curriculum

This study also has hard data on the effect of social networks on student performance
http://sloan-c.org/publications/jaln/v7n3/pdf/v7n3_yang.pdf
EFFECTS OF SOCIAL NETWORK ON STUDENTS’ PERFORMANCE: A WEB-BASED FORUM

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