I have met a few teachers who are willing to spend a lot of their own money on great educational apps. I’m not talking about apps that every school gets, like iMovie or iWork. I would venture to guess that the majority of teachers that I know would rather not use their own money for something they use for school. I myself have purchased almost all the paid apps myself (besides the ones I receive promo codes for). I don’t mind spending a few dollars here are there on quality educational apps, but am I in the minority? Or are most of you like me? I posed the question on Twitter last night. Here are the responses:
@sly111 I do. Too much but it’s hard not to. I love testing apps especially those that allow kids to be creative across many subject areas.— Mario Cabral (@MarioCabral) August 30, 2013
@sly111 I purchase an iTunes card, apply it my district account & buy through Apple Volume Purchasing. I have 21 ipods& 1 iPad. Unique sys.— Catherine Ousselin (@CatherineKU72) August 30, 2013
@sly111 i do. Only not $ but €— Dico Krommenhoek (@Dico_Kr) August 30, 2013
@sly111 I do. Even with access to the district account, there are still other apps that I would like to try myself! Beta/new stuff.— Philip Lam (@mrlamteacher) August 30, 2013
@sly111 I do. But at #hawrylak our parent counsel also bought each classroom a gift card to buy apps for our classroom iP@ds— Tracy Evans (@evans306) August 30, 2013
What about you? I would love to hear from you. What’s the most a colleague has spent? Is it possible for your school to pay for your apps? Leave a comment below!
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I’ve purchased most of the apps used in my classroom. Even when there are funds for apps available, the red tape associated with the purchase is ridiculous.
Not only do I buy all of my apps, but I also pay for my wifi in the classroom because the school wi fi is so weak I can’t stream. I got so tired of not following through on my lesson plans. I teach French and I can’t live without a strong bandwidth. I love your site.
Wow. That’s dedication! How much is wifi? $30?
I buy my own apps to test out, but the school is willing to listen to my suggestions and purchase ones every now and again for the kids.