On Apps, Pricing, and Being a Cheapskate

On Apps, Pricing, and Being a Cheapskate

Everyone wants free stuff, right?

From soiled mattresses to trampolines, it’s hard to say no to a freebie. The prospect of something for nothing can be irresistible.

On the other hand, we all know the age old wisdom—You get what you pay for.

So how does this mesh up with apps? Let me ask you a few questions:

  • Do you like getting paid for your work?
  • Do you feel it’s necessary to get paid for your work to support yourself and family?
  • Do you believe in supporting people who make good things?
  • Do you believe in paying for things that you value?

I’m going to guess that your answer to each of these is a yes. Then why do so many of us get irritated about paying for apps?

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Clackity Noise and Scratchy Sounds

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On the bright side: technology

  • Assists
  • Enables
  • Connects
  • Engages
  • Empowers

On the dark side: technology

  • Inhibits
  • Complicates
  • Isolates
  • Distracts
  • Divides

We must have balance and moderation with our students.  Video chatting with a classroom across the country is fine, but it will never replace a snack time face-to-face discussion over a bag of Cheez-Its.

E-readers and tablets are slick and shiny.  But they can't replicate the smell and texture of a physical book.

The clackity noise of a student using a well-worn keyboard makes me feel like my classroom is über cool, but what a travesty if it comes at the price of the scratchy sounds of a fresh ball point on a new journal page.