Have you considered using a wiki in your classroom to help students actively contribute to their learning? In this article Jason Bedell discusses his experiences using wikis with classes from Grade 4 though high school seniors and provides a variety of reasons. "The technology relies on the ideas of social constructivism that suggest that students consistently learn from one another, hone their own understanding, and actively create new knowledge in a discussion format, instead of passively receiving it in a typical lecture format..."
He provides a video that show how to set up and use a wiki using Wikispaces, and discusses how wikis promote collaboration and help make connections (and they are great for sharing professional knowledge). If you would like to use wikis this year with your class this article will assist you.
Via Beth Dichter