I had a workshop participant advise me recently that I should omit showing or demo-ing any tool that isn’t free. As a former teacher with a limited budget, I am well aware of the frustration of seeing things that you want so badly for your students but couldn’t possibly afford.
I struggle, however, with the idea of omitting ANYTHING that isn’t free. I certainly use “free” as much as I can, but honestly, there are some amazing tools out there that do have a price. I worry that I’d be doing teachers a disservice by not making them aware of these tools. What if next year they have some room in the budget? What if they are the recipients of a grant? Would it really be better to not even know about what’s available?
I’d love your thoughts: should I honor the limited budgets of educators by showing only what’s free? Or should I show what’s out there, even if it isn’t immediately attainable?