Mashable put together a popular article recently entitled "3 Ways Educators Are Embracing Social Technology". The article talks about the challenges teachers face with budgets and small class sizes alongside changing technologies. The article also talks about how these new technologies are being embraced to fight back against the onslaught of problems.
The three social media technologies talked about in the article are Skype, mobile phones and Twitter.
Examples in the article include using Skype for language learning (calling a class in another country), using mobile phones to ask teachers questions via SMS, and using Twitter to encourage collaboration outside of the classroom.
The studies included found that the use of these technologies increased student motivation, increased attentiveness and overall learning. The overall summary of this is to think outside the box in how to integrate new technologies to create a rich learning environment for students.
We have talked in the past about the successful integration of laptops into the learning program and how technologies increase student achievement. Also be sure to check out our Student Laptop Security site for tips on protecting your laptop at school.