Free App Resources

Do you get emails sharing a free app for the day and by the time you get to that email or search for the app or the link it is no longer free? How frustrating!

Free is so fun and so much easier for some of us in the educational setting to access rather than going thru the requisition process and navigating the cumbersome VPP process! With limited budgets free is important. Free also allows you to trial an app with only the expense of your time (only???).

So where can you go to find free apps?

Here are a few websites I peruse to find listings of free apps. I won’t profess that this is an inclusive list, but was is offered has many apps both worthwhile for education and some not. Also visiting your favorite app developers also can help you find free apps (ie. Grasshopper or Alligator apps – do I mention them enough?) Here are my favorite free app websites:

iOSnoops – Provides a variety of both apps reduced in price as well as apps gone free. The list of apps are categorized by productivity, photography, games, education, books and more. Provides a nicely presented list with icon, rating and link to review on the app and direct link to the download. At times the app may have gone from free to pay before they up date the listing. I believe they post the free apps early in the am. This is one of my favorite websites.

FreeAppAlert – This website typically has a long list of apps categorized by iPhone and one for iPad. It does not categorize the app list but it does provide a category (such as business, education, finance, books) in the brief listing. Provides an icon of the app and a link to the apps preview in the iTunes store for more information. Again you will find all kinds of apps in the list, some worthwhile and some not.

AppAdvice – Another website that reviews apps. Their iOS Apps Gone Free section lists daily free apps. Their list is not as comprehensive, but it is another good resource for apps gone free.

All of these websites list apps for free for a temporary time, typically but not always, for just a day. I subscribe to these websites using my Google Reader account to allow review in one location when I have time.

Now you can be on top of apps gone free and send messages to others about the free apps. Happy free apping!

Carol

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About Carol Leynse Harpold, MS, AdEd, OTR/L, ATP

OTR/L with 30 years experience in pediatrics, school based therapy and adult rehabilitation. Masters of Science in Adaptive Education/Assistive Technology with 15 years experience in AT in education of elementary, middle school, secondary and post secondary students. Experience with adults with disabilities in employment and work transition.
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2 Responses to Free App Resources

  1. I use FreeAppAlert although you have to wade through a lot of junky apps to find the worth while ones so I have started to shy away from it. I tend to read blogs or follow Twitter feeds for free app suggestions. On Twitter, I have won free apps and respond to tweets where people are requesting reviews.

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