Free Applications We Should Know About

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A short introduction by Larry Edelman for the September 17, 2009 web conference titled "Free Applications We Should Know About" hosted by the Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC), Academy for Educational Development.

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Free Applications We Should Know About

  1. 1. 1<br />Free Applications We Should Know About<br />Larry Edelman and Stephen Luke<br />Intro byLarry Edelman<br />wordle.net<br />
  2. 2. Goals of the Session<br />Stimulate our thinking about why and how we might use free applications to create content, share knowledge, and build and support relationships<br />2<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />Why use technology for<br />technical assistance, <br />professional development,<br />and dissemination?<br />
  4. 4. 4<br />Moreeconomically<br />Moreeffectively<br />Faster<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />Focus first on function.<br />Then on technology.<br />
  6. 6. 6<br />
  7. 7. Why use free applications?<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Why might some companies and individuals offer free applications? <br />To encourage use so they can identify and fix bugs. <br />To offer a limited-function “lite” version to induce users to migrate to an enhanced pay-for version. <br />To offer a trial version.<br />To generate interest in other products.<br />To generate revenue through ads.<br />To gain market share before switching to fee-based terms.<br />To change the world.<br />8<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />Q: Should I adopt all of these apps?<br />A: Naw. But you should consider if some of them can help you achieve your goals.<br />
  10. 10. 10<br />Visit Larry’s blog of free applications:<br />http://exploringtech.wordpress.com/<br />wordle.net<br />Bookmark “freeapplications”<br />1.   Visit www.delicious.com and create a free account (unless you have one)<br />2.  Sign in<br />3.  On right hand side, select “go to a user”<br />4.  Type in “freeapplications” (no spaces), click the arrow to the right<br />5.  Add freeapplications to your network<br />
  11. 11. Coming Attractions:Modularity and Integration are Key<br />Hardware <br />Connecting a scanner to a computer<br />Applications<br />Conducting a video conference using Skype, recording it with Callburner, and editing it with Audacity<br />Learning Objects<br />Embedding learning objects in webcasts, PPT, etc.<br />

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