So… as a teacher, I know that budgets are thin at schools and for districts. However, there are still *some* free things out there in this world. Here are two of my latest favorites…
PermissionClick.com: This website offers permission slips for FREE! They’ll even collect your money (but I think there’s a charge for that service). My district won’t allow PermissionClick for field trips (yet), but I use this for when I go present places. This way, I can get parent permission to show their kids’ work and their names (as I often present on Google Apps for Education) and although I have samples for the adults, I still like to share the actual work of the kiddos so the attendees can see what “real” kid work looks like.
KidBlog.org: So, to be honest, I tried this website a long while ago. It was cumbersome and I had issues with how it worked. However, I tried the site again this past week and I really like the evolution the site has gone through to be more user friendly and much more manageable. There is a free version (with paid options to upgrade – of course) and that is what I signed up to use this next fall. I will be using my online PLNs to promote the kid work and seek responses to what they’re doing. I am starting with everything private and branching out once I’m convinced they can “handle” the public process.
I can’t wait to *really* put these to work next school year!