This website lets you use the textplus app on a variety of phones or just link with plain sms messaging. The email I received says that some schools are using it to manage announcements such as homerooms, etc. Our school has a twitter account but am thinking perhaps of setting up some sort of sms notification service.
New service that parents can put on their child's computer that gives you educational games, ad blocking in a special browser and filtered web content. Signing up is free, although they charge for premiums services like ad blocking. Let me know when you test it and how you like it in the comments below.
Recent conversation Julie Lindsay had with some of our friends in Australia on Tech Talk Tuesdays about the Flat Classroom projects - how they are organized. No, you don't have to have brand new computers and yes, they are free.