I've just discovered Pixiclip, which I think has great potential to be useful in the classroom. I'm definitely going to spend some time checking it out, and seeing if it's as useful as I think it could be. You can upload images, record audio and doodle as you explain everything, and then save it and either share it or embed it into a blog. I'm liking it so far but we'll have to see if it plays nicely with our network and our students. Students could explain their thinking about a concept, and post their pixiclip to their Peel Blog. Check it out for yourself at http://www.pixiclip.com/beta/
As more and more tools get released, it's important to maintain creativity and not just blindly accept that because one person is using it a certain way... that's the only way it can be used.
A perfect example is a tool that has been around for quite a while - the random name picker tool from Class Tools. Random Name Picker
For a couple of years, I used to create a list of exercises on a piece of chart paper which would inevitably be destroyed within a month of being used. Then I decided to use the Name Picker as my exercise list. So now, we have a big die that we roll to determine how many of an exercise or how many minutes of an exercise we do during DPA, and then we use the Random Name Picker to determine which exercise. Kids love the noise and the randomness of the tool, and I love not having to rewrite my chart paper list of exercises.