Given the events unfolding in Egypt, exploring this tool might give students the chance to get a sense for the type of on-the-ground reporting that has emerged during the unrest.
Cinchcast is a service that allows you to call and leave a voicemail message on a machine which will then get automatically posted to a website. Text and an images can be added to the post afterwards. This service is similar to GCast (which I can't find anymore!) but one of the nice features is that the setup is front loaded. You set up an account, register your phone number(s), and generate a public URL. Once that is setup, you simply call the Cinchcast phone number and leave your message. There are no special PIN's or robo-menus to navigate. Below is a test recording (there is an option to embed recordings on other sites).
This tool would also be great on field trips. Students could 'call in' notes or comments and have them available for others to share. Cinchcast also has an iPhone app but I haven't checked it out yet.
Header photo by Robert S. Donovan