Are FREE Apps Putting Your School and Students at Risk?


By Art Willer


For the classroom teacher, the word FREE is a breath of fresh air, especially when it comes to stretching chronically inadequate budgets for learning resources. FREE means one less thing you have to convince the principal or the school budget committee to buy. What a relief!

Unfortunately, there are several problems with FREE, especially when it comes to apps we use in the classroom.

The first problem is that there are much higher quality programs on the market, that ask for a price. Let’s face it. If that app wasn’t free, we wouldn’t choose it for our students, would we?

Suppose a teacher has $1,200 to spend on online apps for the year. Subscribing for three quality apps might cost $1,800. So, it sounds like a pretty smart decision to compromise on one of the apps, saving $600 and being able to buy the two other apps the students really need.

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