#249 – Making a Choice: Free, “Freemium,” or Premium

Tech Talk For Teachers January 2, 2024 10 min

Making a Choice: Free, “Freemium,” or Premium

In today’s episode, we explore ways that educators can minimize out-of-pocket costs and get the most out of free, “freemium,” and premium products.

Read a transcript of this episode.

Paul Beckermann
PreK–12 Digital Learning Specialist
Podcast Host

Pricing Tiers

  • Free:
    • No payment is required to use the product.
    • May include advertising.
    • May turn into “freemium” or premium models with little notice.
  • “Freemium”:
    • This is a combination of free and premium access.
    • Some features are offered for free to draw in users.
    • A trial period may be offered that gives access to all features.
    • Payment is required to access premium features.
  • Premium:
    • These are paid products.
    • These products are usually well developed and highly effective.
    • May include a free trial period for users to try the product.

Access Options

  • Only use products that are fully free.
  • Only use free features of “freemium” products.
  • Find a free alternative to a premium product.
  • Find premium products that are offered free to educators.
  • Submit a funding request to purchase a premium product.
  • Use artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots to complete tasks similar to those offered by premium products.

For information about artificial intelligence (AI), explore the following AVID Open Access article collection: AI in the K–12 Classroom.