What kids want is to be social, to share and to work together - is that really any surprise? That is how we are hard wired to survive, that's how humanity evolved, in tribes - live together or die alone.
So the biggest tech improvement I think any teacher can make this year is the most basic: move the desks. Allow conversation, allow collaboration. Then once you get to know the students, add in the technology that would best fit their needs; not the other way around.
My principal shared our state testing results earlier this week. If my districts annual state test scores showed anything it's what we already know: the kids are dying alone. Moving the desks together and allowing conversation isn't going to lower our scores.
When I am evaluated this school year on tech integration in my classroom I hope my evaluator takes into account that I integrate technology everyday. I leverage the power of sharing and communicating; our species greatest innovation.