Brad Ovenell-Carter's blog (A stick in the Sand) has several interesting ideas about Networked Schools posed in early January.
The National School Board Association did a survey of 1000 parents and 1000 students about their online habits. It had several interesting data points underscoring the importance of teaching with en eye towards collaboration and networking skills:
"Nine- to 17-year olds report spending as much time using social networking services and Web services as they spend watching television."
"Almost 60 percent of students who use social networking talk about education topics online and, surprisingly, more than 50 percent talk specifically about schoolwork."
"Nonconformists - students who step outside of online safety and behavior rules - are significantly heavier users of social networking sites than other students."
"Most of the problems students and parents report are similar to the types of problems typically associated with any other media (television or popular music)."
Will Richardson's article in the November 2008 issue of ASCD's Educational Leadership magazine makes several interesting points:
"Web2.0 may be the large technological shift in history that's being driven by children."
"As author John Seely Brown (Brown & Adler, 2008) points out, these shifts demand that we move our concept of learning from a supply-push model of building up an inventory of knowledge in the students' heads to a demand-pull approach that requires students to own their learning processes and pursue learning, based on their needs of the moment."
"Sharing is the fundamental building block for building connections and networks; it may take the form of ruminations on life in a blog; photos of the latest family picnic on Flickr, or discussion notes students post to a classroom wiki for others to read and contribute to."