BY BILL FERRIS

Are you one of those forward-thinking teachers who uses smart phones and text messages in class? Do projects like a 21st Century scavenger hunt make you excited? I’m going to go ahead and assume the answer is yes (a bold assumption I know, but please humor me) so I can tell you about textPlus, an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that lets you send unlimited texts for free.

Using smart phones in class is a hot-button topic for a lot of educators. There are a lot of barriers to widespread in-school use for phones, including classroom disruption and the fact that not every student can afford a phone. Having a means of sending free text messages will reduce the financial burden on some students (and you), making the day when every student is equipped with a powerful communication device just a little bit closer to reality.

textPlus: Free Unlimited Group SMS on Your iPhone or iPod Touch

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