It is easy to look at the initial cost of a technology tool and not read the fine print associated with it. Once registered for a tool, you can come to realize that the product often has multiple hidden costs. There are hundreds of educational apps and software that are “free.” However, if you want premium features, then you have to pay. Or, a tool only allows you to use it for thirty students, but if you have more, then there is a cost.
Educational technology needs revenue to stay in business. Yet it is imperative that teachers, educational technologists, and administrators look deeply into the full cost of any technological tool. If the tool is worth paying for, then I encourage you to invest the money.
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Read about the first Deadly Sin, ‘The Initial Cost’, here.
Read about the third Deadly Sin, ‘Switching Costs’ here.