In less than 2 weeks (eek!) I will be starting my 5th year of teaching, and my 4th year of teaching french as a second language. I have only taught French 9 to date, and this year I will be teaching both French 10 and French 11 as well. As you can imagine, dictionaries are hot commodities in class! Last year I only had 5 good, extensive dictionaries and despite telling students at the beginning of the year that they should also get their own good, extensive dictionaries, many either did not get one at all, or went to their local office supply store and got the $5 version. So with 27 students there was a lot of sharing and a lot of "Madame, comment dit-on (blah blah blah) en français?". It was not ideal.
A couple of weeks ago I found that Larousse offers both an online dictionary and an iPhone/iPad app!
Larousse French Dictionary
The iPhone app is $5.99 which is both significantly cheaper than the paper version, and much easier to lug around in a backpack. I know that not all of my students have an iPhone but many have an iPod touch so if I could get at least a few of them to get the app then that would free up some dictionaries for the other students.
This does bring up a question though for all of you: do you let your students use their iPhone/iPod touch in class? Would you let them use an app like this one?