I agree. I feel that there needs to be an educational purpose that is more dominant than the fact that it is new or cool.
Exactly! Learning first, tool second.
Ive been using this 'one stop shop' site for educational tools called Cool Tools for Schools. http://cooltoolsforschools.wikispaces.com/ Alot of resources. Neat in that students can use whatever tool that they think helps them learn effectively or get them to their goal. The kids actually showed me how to use many of them by using them, and different ways that can be used.