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Recently, another popular player in the world of edtech and education made a sinister and troubling decision. Padlet, recently described as a platform that I personally put ahead of Flipgrid, announced that they would be changing what was available for free and what was paid on their site.
Now this change has angered many educators, perhaps even you are upset by this. Personally, I am neither surprised nor upset by this move by Padlet or any other company that makes this decision. While the Padlet team is six people, those people are not volunteering their time to produce, maintain, and improve this platform. It’s their job and many of us have simply benefited from their hard work and efforts to this product.
To make sure we’re clear, I began this segment with sarcasm. Why? Because this is what happens. Sure, I say all the time that Free is my favorite 4-letter f-word but I also realize that there is a business side to all of this. Keeping your product free eventually means you will go out of business.
For example, free podcast media hosts pop up all the time. But the average life-span of this sites is 23-26 months (Watch out Anchor!)
Should you be upset by this? I’m not here to tell you how you should feel. You’re entitled to feel however you like about this. I will say though, paying for things that you believe in and provide you and your students with a better experience should be worth serious consideration for your dollars. If Padlet is your jam, then the current price tag could come from your daily coffee fund or not going out for lunch one less day each month.
This is also not worth getting upset about because there are more than enough new blog posts out there with alternative recommendations if you insist on using free tools in your classroom.
The 2018 House of #EdTech Final Four was a collaboration between myself and Nick Johnson and Eric Guise, both of New Jersey.
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NICK JOHNSON and ERIC GUISE – Nick and Eric are both teachers from Hopewell Valley Central High School in New Jersey. Nick is a Chemistry Teacher who Flips his classroom and Eric is a Biology Teacher turned Tech Specialist.
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