Many of the web 2.0 tools that you might use for innovative projects cost no money, but keep in mind that nothing’s ever entirely free. By using these “free” services, you are often
- exposing yourself (or your students) to extensive advertising,
- giving up rights to and/or ownership of content that you (or your students) create, and
- sharing information that can be used by advertisers (and possibly even hacked for more nefarious purposes).
Ideally, you should read every document carefully before agreeing to terms and conditions, but realistically you and your students may not do this when using tools outside of our LMS (Canvas). A good place to start is with the tips in the article, “How to Quickly Read a Terms of Service” by Thorin Klosowski on LifeHacker. It provides some practical strategies for skim-reading and getting the highlights out of that legalese.
If you’d like to learn more, check out our Privacy & 3rd Party Tools Annotated Bibliography for more resources.