I recently received my invitation to join Google Voice, Google’s new phone tool. You can read all about it at Lifehacker’s guide.
In terms of teaching, I could see it as an easy way for English Language Learners, particularly those with no Internet access, to practice speaking “homework.” They can call my Google Voice number, leave a message, and I can then access both their audio and an automatically generated written transcript of what they said. I can then easily embed both on a classroom blog.
I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Practice Speaking English.
Other ideas on how to use it in the classroom?