Apps Are Free for a Reason

By Patrick Peterson, THE Journal

Introducing an educational app to the classroom can be dangerous, and the danger can be revealed at surprising times with startling images. “Watch out for someone in a bathing suit washing a car,” Kristy Sailors, director of educational technology at Blue Valley School District in Kansas, told audience members during a workshop at FETC 2016 in Orlando this month. A free app might provide an unexpected message that a teacher would prefer students miss. Parents will disapprove of their children being exposed to unwanted advertising, racy images or violent themes, so teachers should avoid introducing apps until they have been carefully checked out. Apps are expensive to create, so someone is paying for them. Remember the old saying, “If the app is free, you are the product being sold.”

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