Free Applications for PD and TA


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These slides accompanied a presentation on "Free Applications to Enhance Professional Development, Technical Assistance, and Dissemination" by Larry Edeline at DEC-2010: The 26th Annual International Conference on
Young Children with Special Needs and their Families on October 16, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Free Applications for PD and TA

  1. 1. 1<br />Free Applications to Enhance ProfessionalDevelopment, Technical Assistance,and Dissemination (and a few others that are just plain fun)<br />Presented by Larry Edelman, University of Colorado<br />
  2. 2. Goals of the Session<br />2<br />At times we need to use robust (and expensive) applications to support professional development activities, but sometimes free applications are all we need. This session will illustrate free apps that help us create content share knowledge; build and maintain relationships; and facilitate engagement, participation, and collaboration.<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />Why use technology for<br />technical assistance, <br />professional development,<br />and dissemination?<br />
  4. 4. Moreeffectively<br />Moreeconomically<br />4<br />Faster<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />Focus first on function.<br />Then on the technology.<br />
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  7. 7. Why use free applications?<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Why might some companies and individuals offer free applications? <br />8<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 revenue through ads or plug-ins.<br />To gain market share before switching to fee-based terms.<br />To generate interest in other products.<br />To offer a “loss-leader.”<br />To change the world.<br />
  9. 9. Rules of thumb for using free apps<br />9<br />You need to try them out and judge what is good enough for your purposes. You might need to purchase something more robust.<br />Not all programs work on all platforms.<br />Applications are continually updated and published all the time. <br />Downloading programs carries the risk of an unwanted cookie, malware, or virus; use virus and spyware protection and update them frequently.<br />Your IT department and help desk specialists are essential resources for you. Treat them nice. Buy them gifts.<br />If you are denied access to an app, write up a sound business plan. If you are still denied, find someone else to appeal to.<br />Many apps do more than one thing. <br />Free apps come and go. <br />
  10. 10. 10<br />Then focus on technology<br />
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  12. 12. You might need some hardware (not free)<br />12<br />Video<br />Flip Video<br />Sanyo xacti CG10<br />Zoom Q3<br />Audio and Mic<br />Webcam<br />Storage<br />Lexar 16GBSecure II Plus JumpDrive<br />Logitech QuickCam Pro<br />Zoom H2<br />
  13. 13. 13<br />What free apps might we explore?<br />
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  15. 15. 15<br />To download a copy of the 23-page “Free Applications” resource visit ExploringTech:<br /><br />