Here's a guide for any school to easily deploy Google products and services. Personally, I think if your school isn't using these services you might be doing a disservice to your students. And, the price is right. Free!
I'm a huge fan of Edulang and their "pay what you can" business model. This post discussess the cost of knowledge and shines a light on the institutions which are fighting to keep public research and other open source projects out of the public's reach.
This interactive white board application is FREE. I know many Czech classrooms are using these whiteboards, but I'm not so sure they use them well.
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Text Wall is an interesting concept where students can send messages to a site and then the entire class can see this messages displayed on a monitor or interactive whiteboard. For the Czech Market, I think SMS pricing is too high. I'd be interested in finding more services like this if anyone knows any! :)
10 Great Tools for Language Teachers - Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Word Doc (.doc), text file (.txt) or read online for free. This presentation includes 10 great tools that we can use in language teaching.
The Ultimate Guid to the Use of Facebook in Education is truly comprehensive. In my classroom polling I estimate thate 95+% of students are using Facebook from ages 11 and up (even if this is against Facebook's policy).
Here's an interesting app for teachers, classes or anyone who wants to add calls to action within videos. I tried it and it is really easy. If you're making videos I highly recommend adding calls to action to encourage viewers to come to your site, fill out a form, and many other actions. Check out the "Demo" tab and see the case studies there. If you're a Grammar Girl fan you can find her case study on this tab in the Education section.
Here's a nice list of apps for teachers using technology in the classroom. Gchat and Google Talk are mentioned, however, currently I use Skype for both of these services. Google Docs is great! Jing is an application I'm considering using next. And for Skype with Idroo, well, I'd want to have a tablet for that to be able to write legibily because I'm horrible at writing with a mouse! ;)
I tested this application only with 1 or 2 paragraphs of really poorly written text. It didn't work very well. But, the applicaiton claims it is designed for longer works like Essays, Theses or other academic papers. However, I imagine tools like this one would be greatly appreciated by teachers around the world. Try it with your students papers and please let me know how it worked!
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