For those of you have have been reading my blog for the past year hopefully you have noticed my thirst for knowledge about the 21 Century Skills. I have spent many hours on the web researching and then purchasing apps to use with my class including 5 new apps that I was going to purchase for this coming year. Thinking about the phrase " the glass is always half full or half empty"-now I am writing about the half empty.
At the end of last school year, I got an email from our district technology coordinator telling me that Apple has changed their policy about how many apps you can install on iPods. Last school year, because of the teacher/student agreement if I bought one app I was allowed to load the apps on all 25 iPods for free. This supported my learning as well as the students and honestly I was very careful about the apps I purchased.
However, Apple has now changed their policy for this school year. You no longer can purchase one app and add it to the 25 iPods. I now have to purchase the app for every iPod. Which means a .99 app now will cost me $24.75. A $2.99 app will cost me $74.75. For my classroom specifically last year I purchased 14 apps and spent about $20.00 this year to get the same apps I will need to spend $764.46. In these times of budget crunches, I know that I will have to choose very few apps and will not have the flexibility that I had last year to try and find an app for each subject. Pardon me while I rant for one sentence: I thought Apple's philosophy was to support teachers as well as students in education how does this change support 21 Century learning?
Wonderopolis sponsored by NCFL that I have been writing about in my blog. Wonderopolis is FREE and is available to anyone on the web. It is a site that includes all the crucial parts of education: inquiry, collaboration, new knowledge, excitement/hooks for learners and finally a connection between home and school. In these challenging financial times, I am thankful to Wonderopolis for an amazing FREE site that allows teachers, parents, and students to continue their thirst for a wonder everyday.