When I face these kinds of struggles, I look around and see people like Donal O'Mahony explaining that it's not just me who has a posse of digitally unaware students. Across all of Ireland, second and third level institutions teach bright students who have never been introduced to the world of digital media for learning. In fairness, my cohort may distinguish between social learning and online education--they may judge the collaboration I want them to try as being too much of a distraction from their graded assignments. But I've concluded that knowing how to manage the flow, being able to control the distractions, and leveraging the tools of social software will bring a result. Those results may be two or three years down the road of academia but I believe they return a multiple of the time invested in learning to share and collaborate.
If this semester holds true to the schedule I've scratched out, students will be distilling twitterstreams and producing blog posts that summarise major lectures. The result will significantly improve the teaching and learning effectiveness of Educasting.ie, the classroom blog I'm trying to reignite.