"I teach English to local students in Patzcuaro, a Spanish colonial town high up in the mountains of Mexico. After about an hour, I noticed the class energy would flag or at times increase and become disruptive. After using up all my ideas for fun activities I turned to the Internet. Believe it or not, the internet is actually cheaper and faster in Mexico than my internet here in the US. Sometimes I’d be blocked from iTunes or Amazon to buy music for lessons, but I found tools to cloak my Mexican IP address and get access. I also found ESL sites that offer downloadable activities and lesson plans. I freely used what others had created, but was inspired to develop my own activities and games. The free-flowing exchange of ideas online that crosses international borders can be a powerful educational tool."