I am a big fan of free classroom tools. Most of the tools that I recommend are free. But sometimes you really should pay for the "pro" or "premium" version of a tool that you use on a regular basis.
There are two reasons you should pay for a tool:
- To save time
- To support the tool so that it sticks around
I know that teacher salaries are meager (believe me; I made less than $30k for the first four years of my career!). And I am not suggesting that you pay for everything, but it's funny how we are comfortable spending $4 for a cup of coffee, but won't pay $100/year for something we use every day.
These are the tools I pay to use
Pear Deck allows me to create interactive presentations. I use Pear Deck during my workshops and occasionally use it to try to win a demo slam! The premium version of Pear Deck provides a ton of extra features that will save you time like PowerPoint imports and the ability to view students answers via the live dashboard. If you present on a regular basis, Pear Deck is an awesome investment.
Remember, time is money. The more time you can save, the more opportunities you have to do awesome, meaningful work.
Paying for something is a vote of support. When you support a product with your dollars you communicate to the developer that they are providing something of value to users.