Last night at our high school retirement dinner, I happened to sit with the social science dept. chair and several social science teachers. They are not only my friends, but some of the library's and my personal best supporters and collaborators. I was telling them about this course I am embarked for the summer and we all got very excited about the possibilities for projects in the fall. We hope to make some collaboration time on creating projects using blogs, wikis, podcasts, etc. part of the staff development time before school starts. I am going to be ready!
It's not a particularly new idea, but the social science dept. at the high school has a password protected "file cabinet" on the server. The district is totally networked. The teachers in the dept. can share and store things in the file. They have been writing, rewriting, and aligning curriculum to standards this past year as they chose new social science textbooks. This can all be stored in the files so the entire dept. has access to specific lesson plans, bench marks, and curriculum as they are developed. They gave me access to the files as well, so there is a "research and resources" file. I can add things and they can too. As far as I know, they only have access to this when at school, so maybe we can work on a place to have Internet access to the files. If they want to keep it private, a password protected wiki could probably serve that purpose. We are supposed to be getting a district wiki site within the year, but no projection when that might be. I'll let you know what develops.