Not all digital content is created equal. Engagement and motivation need to collide with standards, curriculum priorities, assessment, sound instruction and feedback.
Right now there are lots of useful sites but little reliable guidance for educators and students regarding which are the best. We need a reliable, stable web presence that reviews and ranks online materials for learning.
Reading is essential, but should be adapted to modern supports and experiences the children are used to. I developped BookMovie for my daughters as part of text2tablet initiative.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbp5z_iyacI
We should adapt the reading experience to our time.
Combining face-to-face, synchronous on-line, and asynchronous on-line into one class to provide the best of both environments.
Allow students to bring their cell phones into class and use them as clickers to encourage participation and monitor performance
Cutting edge science and creative work is not far from the sandbox. Curricula at all levels can be informed by and inform cutting edge research, and the internet can be a conduit for communication between University and corporate research and schools. We might be surprised by what we learn from younger students.
Claire Janisch's Biomimicry project is a good example: http://goo.gl/H7fuI
Related to "lectures at home, homework at school," it's not that hard to make tests a web-based experience that's more-or-less cheat proof. This also opens up the idea of online certificates for course credit like the Mozilla Badges project http://goo.gl/BMW4N
There are thousands of free online educational tools, but teachers do not have the time to find them all. I created this website to connect teachers with free, kid-safe educational tools: http://edutechdatabase.wikispaces.com/
The tools are categorized by grade level, subject, and standards.
Explanation and reflections on this project may be found at: http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/blog_jon_orech/digital_citizenship_reflections
By creating labs in a virtual world, we can open access to students who must take courses online. By offering synchronous instruction, even distance students get a complete lab experience in which they can interact with their instructor and classmates. Our community college is doing this successfully.