I’ve been playing around with Google Voice, and I think it’s going to be a good tool for educators.  With it, you get a phone number that will allow you to receive text messages and voice calls from students.  All of these go to an inbox at Google Voice.  You can download the voicemail messages as MP3 files, embed them, etc.  Lots of opportunities for original projects and assignments.  More to follow.

Augmented reality bridges the gap between meatspace and online. A free app on your smartphone interprets a custom barcode, sending the browser to a URL – in this case iMail.

Scott Crow and I worked to embed these in a bunch of infoscreen slides, and they might show up in VAPAC print materials in the near future. Imagine reading about an upcoming performance, and then using your smartphone to scan a barcode that takes you to an interview with the artist.  Sweet.

Any bright ideas about other instructional uses?  Self-guided tours?  Just-in-time training?  Scavenger hunts?