One of my co-workers here is all excited about the possibility of using technology in the class. She's loading up a blog for her students. She told me, with some excitement that she is going to force them all to post their homework on it.
This kind of misses the point. The idea is not that it is another system for handing in assignments, rather that it is another entire way of interacting with the world, and people from all over, and since the only real purpose in learning a language is to communicate and interact with others, that may just bring home a reason to USE a language, rather than memorise and regurgitate verb conjugations.
It is also an enormous opportunity for the students to engage with an almost infinitely wider variety of topics and themes which can be explored in English...again bringing the lessons to life and motivating them.
Forcing them to to post homework? Same paradigm, different tool. There is an openness to other options though the leap to the new place remains elusive.
The difference here is that in the old student the teachers job is to tell the students what they need to know rather than providing them with both the opportunity and the desire to ask, and seek it out information.