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Cool Tools

These free online apps make integrating digital media into the classroom, afterschool learning environment, or home both fun and easy.  Users can also link to reviews about free online apps to read how others evaluate and/or use the tools.

Cool Tools for K-12
Google Voice
To use Google Voice’s unique recording feature, create an account. It is possible to get a local area code number (so students could call from a land line). All the messages are stored in a private space on Google Voice as MP3 files.

This is a free live mobile podcasting site and can be used internationally. The phone number is not toll-free but cell phones can be used. Users must register a cell phone number.

Students can create mobile digital storybooks with this free audio recording/podcasting site. No phone number is required to use the site, and teachers can create one account for all students to use.

DailyBooth (Mobile Phototweeting)
Students can document and share their everyday lives through pictures on this mobile phototweeting site.

Polleverywhere (Mobile Polls)
This simple mobile polling allows students to post a question and have users submit answers via, web, or Twitter. Responses are displayed live in Keynote, PowerPoint or on the web.

Udefn (Everything's a txt away)
udefn is a SMS service which lets students define keywords or shortcuts to their favorite bots.  Bots are automated programs that respond to SMS queries; students can use them to obtain email inbox statud, RSS updates, weather information, and more, turning a simple cell phone into a “remote control” of sorts.

The Tumblr blog allows users to post images, video, text and audio directly from a basic cell phone to a Tumblr blog.

Users can leave an audio voicemark from a cell phone in a specific location on a Google map.

Google Map Mashup
Users can post audio from a cell phone on a specific location on a Google map.

Users can record up to 60 seconds at a time with the phone to web recorder on this toll-free number.

Users can call this number and record a podcast that is then posted to a space in Cinchcast.

Once a user creates an account, any phone can be used to call in and create a podcast. The podcasts are housed on the Phonecasting site, but methods exist for posting on other sites or downloading the files.
Users can call in to hear reviews or information about specific geographic locations (e.g. restaurants, theaters, etc.), or leave reviews of their own for others to access.
Google Apps for Education offers a free (and ad-free) set of customizable tools that enable faculty, staff and students to work together and learn more effectively.,, (Free Ringtones)
These “cell phone web 2.0” links provide free ringtones.


Specifically for Educators

These three “iNtriguing iPhone” sites offer educational tools for the Apple user.
Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators provides classroom-friendly digital media tools and methods.
This social network is for those interested in Web 2.0 and social media in education.
This site promises “the best free cultural and educational media on the web,” and features essential and timely resources.

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