Think about when you were in school. You write an essay. Who read it? Most likely the teacher and that is where it ended.
I am probably going to take a lot of heat for this post. But maybe that's a good thing. Perhaps more conversation is needed...
Twitter is an amazing resource for educators. And you don't even have to be a member to reap the rewards.
There Skype is more that just video calling and chatting. There are some pretty nifty projects just waiting for you and your classroom.