"Why is Mr. B. making us learn to use wikis, blogs, Moodle, podcasting, and all this other tech stuff?"

It's a good question. My first part of an answer is this:

Go to this link and watch the video, "Did You Know?" After watching it, click the "discussion" tab on this page and write your thoughts about how your "science fiction future" means your education now has to be different. (The first couple of minutes of the video are about a high school in Colorado, so it doesn't mean much for you. After that, it means a lot: it tells you who your competition is going to be for the best jobs in the 21st century workplace--and what skills you're going to need to compete.)