This week I came across a PBS website that basically described everything we have already been talking about. Although, what was different I found was that on this site they offered a link to tools/apps that are free. The page had a little over 15 links that are a little less known. Tools that can provide another angle on teaching, and incorporating digital media in the classroom. One specific app that I hadn't heard of yet was the Google Voice app. It allows a student or teacher to record a voice message online and they are saved as mp3s. I can think of so many ways this could be used effectively and creatively. Another app, which I have heard of, is Dailybooth. Here, the students take a picture of themselves preferably every day. This could be used again, in multiple ways. I know, in my own personal use that going back and reflecting on the photos it had become and ongoing project like a photo journal. I was able to recall what I was wearing and what mood I was in 18 days ago and even months ago. It shows progression in time and can also be used as a social media and conversation tool. There are tools to take polls, make audio storybooks and much more. I think this site is a great reference for teachers. I can see definite sparks in inspiration and many ways to use these tools in the classroom.
Tools and apps- http://www.pbs.org/teachers/digitallearners/survivalguide/