Today my principal called me in to ask if I'd be interested in serving on a committee chaired by our superintendent. The committee will be making recommendations about opening up our district to using (and allowing students to use) more technology and social networking at school. From the way it was described to me, it seems as though the main focus will be social networking. Anyway, I'm going to do some research prior to the first meeting. I'd like to go in with research, anecdotes, lesson ideas, etc that support the use of blogging, twitter, and other platforms. Up until last year everything has been really locked down (kids can't even do Google image searches), but they have gradually started opening up some online resources. For instance, teachers can now access nings, gmail, and YouTube. Students who have gmail accounts already can use google docs. They can also now go to flickr. Any other suggestions for sites or types of sites that people are using for education?
Anyway, current district initiatives are: Elmos, Smartboards, laptops, and iPods. Any suggestions as to hardware?
Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.