Share Paper: Free Resources for Education Excellence (FREE): Reducing Costs while Increasing and Sustaining Innovative 21st Century Teaching and Learning

  1. Robert Moody, Fort Hays State University, United States
Wednesday, March 9 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Bellmeade

Abstract: Existing technology budgets once designated for innovation and professional development have decreased due to new federal funding formulas and underfunded state budgets. Remaining available technology funding has been redirected to No Child Left Behind mandates and assessment software programs. Schools must become more resourceful as they seek out new instructional technologies that are effective and economical in order to sustain student achievement. One possible solution to combat declining technology utilization due to restrictive budgets is to acquire Free Resources for Education Excellence (FREE). Much like its predecessor, “Cloud Computing” FREE refers to software resources that are offered via the Internet. ...