Yesterday on Twitter, I posted the following tweet...
I felt compelled to tweet this after looking at a site that I've used many times over the last four to five years. This site (which I really like) is created by an educator (who is amazing) and contains some fantastic resources for other teachers. Unfortunately, it is completely covered (devoured) with advertisements.
It's okay to make a profit...even in education. However, many teachers would like to share web resources with their students so they can use them at home and it really makes it difficult to recommend websites that have more advertising links than resource links.
Another example I can across is the newly revamped Nick Jr. website. My 3 year old loved the old Noggin site but ever since Noggin became Nick Jr., the website became unusable for him. Here's an screenshot of the "Diego's Snowboard Rescue" game on Nick Jr. showing advertisements for the Cayman Islands and how to get a free credit report.
As I said, making a profit in education is not the issue. However, when the method you use to make a profit interferes with the education process, then you might want to re-think your motives or your approach to sharing education resources with teachers.
This week, I will devote attention to some incredible websites that share hundreds of resources and are completely ad free.
Sharing Is Caring!