A strange little website with some educational value...probably. The site allows you to create an animation of a Google Doc creation with multiple users/characters typing into the doc and correcting each other. Add background music or not and share with friends. Applications for educational use are shared in this episode (which was supposed to be finished in January). http://docsstorybuilder.appspot.com
Reaching students is often not so easy with email or course announcements. Texting is currently their choice of communication. Let them opt-in to receive text messages for your class with some of these texting applications for the web and mobile devices. Two featured applications in this episode are Remind101.com and gText.com.
Have you used texting with your students? Share your success or work-in-progress story in the comments.