Thursday, March 1, 2012

App Shopper

     The Tech Gods have blessed me with a glorious new device. It's an Ipad. I know, some of you have had them for awhile now, I just got mine a couple weeks ago. It's amazing! I have just begun to scratch the surface of what it can do for my students. So, expect some app posts coming in the near future, but for now I'd like to introduce you to an app that is not necessarily educational.
     We can all agree that free is good, right? Well, with the app store, as with all stores, typically you get what you pay for. Yes, I know there are a million exceptions that are popping into your brain at the moment, but generally this addage is true. I have spent some of my own money on apps, and I don't regret it one bit. With that said, I also like a good bargain. That's where the AppShopper comes in.
     When I find an app that I really want, but the price is a little high, I open AppShopper, search for the app, and then add it to my wish list. If the price of that app ever drops, AppShopper sends me an email notification. If the price is right, I make it happen.

Screenshot of my current Wish List
     You'd be surprised at how much the price of different apps fluctuates over time. Sometimes they even become FREE. Just the other day I scored an app that turned free, but just for one day. I never would have picked it up without my AppShopper notification. Also, check out the App Shopper Website. They have some great RSS feeds that have very precise filters depending on what types of apps you are looking for.
     Do you have any sneaky tricks for getting the best prices for apps? Do you even pay for apps, or are you a "free app only" teacher?

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