There is sure a lot of new technology out there, and I think people just get overwhelmed. What I think gets missed sometimes is that people need to ease into new technology. Problem is, a lot of the stuff that is being presented to educators has a very high learning curve with a very limited potential for immediate use in the classroom.
I think there are certain criteria for what makes for really good technology for teachers:
1. It is free or of minimal cost
2. It requires minimal instruction
3. It’s available online
4. It’s compatible with most of the machines people commonly use
5. It does not require latest software, unless that can be downloaded online for free
6. It is something that can be explored and discovered leisurely at home
7. It is easily shown to a colleague
8. It creates a solution to a problem or presents an opportunity (not just a toy)
9. It is fun or interesting to learn
10. It can be taught to students
Of course this is idealistic, but an ever-increasing amount of web-based tools would fit well within these constraints. After all, if it’s not something that is easy to learn and use, teachers will not bother.