In my role as your technology eduction teacher, I believe that it's important for you to use digital environments to communicate and work collaboratively to support both your individual learning, and to contribute to the learning of others.
To that end, I am using www.edmodo.com as a safe & secure social media vehicle for school. Think of it like Facebook for school. You can't 'friend' each other, and I make all the groups (our classes and small groups within our classes), but we can interact, collaborate, publish with our peers, and contribute to project teams that produce original work and solve relevant, real world problems.
One of the resources that guides my thinking and which I use to plan my lessons are the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) produced by the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE). I wanted to include a link and a note about them here to illuminate the 'Big Ideas' behind the projects we do in Tech Ed here at Murray Avenue.