Digital Teaching Resources – The Pace of Change

With up to a million downloads per day of free material, TES Global provides a platform for teachers to share ideas and materials for lessons.

In recent months, TES Premium Authors have come under scrutiny and many in the same profession suggest that teaching resources should be free. Unfortunately, some are not aware of how time consuming creating a resource can be. Many of us spend days or weeks creating materials. We have paid money for fonts and clipart. It’s not as easy as just downloading a font from the Internet, we still have to follow correct protocol and the law. Fonts must be available for commercial use. Any Clipart that is used must be in the public domain and/or if purchased follow the correct terms of use set out by the Illustrator or Designer.

This year, I have spent around 150 pounds on Clipart, Fonts, Merchandise and Advertising. That’s 150 pounds and it’s only February!

Recently, a few TES Authors have had comments left on resources (reviews) stating the price is too high……………………first of all, that’s an opinion, not a fact! Some ‘wished’ the resource had of contained more. Tell me WHERE can you get an 80+ page educational textbook with lesson plans / worksheets AND activities for less than £4? Yes, many resources on TES are actually priced too low! Many of us are underselling but we know how important it is to have good quality resources available.

The prices on TES are actually much, much lower than they should be. We realise that many teachers do have to buy their own resources, pay for their own ink and paper and therefore our prices are reasonable. We ARE thinking about the buyer, however, many of us are losing out and should probably be charging double.

Please, READ before you buy. Many of us include lengthy descriptions AND previews. If you can’t get the information that you are looking for from the description, move on. If you bought something that was 24 pages, don’t then return and leave a review saying ‘it was a bit short’ or ‘there weren’t many pages’.

There are over 250,000 resources on TES Global and hundreds of Premium Authors. Nobody is twisting your arm- READ the descriptions!

We want to make a better future generation. We know what our students need. Large publishing houses often haven’t stepped foot in a classroom yet we trust them to build us what we need to cover the curriculum.

It’s time to put the ball in our court, it’s time for us to take control. We only want what’s best for our students and for our fellow colleagues.

We don’t always charge for resources, we aren’t that mean! We also offer FREEBIES. Many of us include samples and/or weekly freebies and we all love positive feedback. If you leave a comment, please, remember, what we tell our students, if it isn’t constructive criticism – don’t bother.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post!

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Betsy Belle

msliterature

MsLiterature76

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TeachersResourceForce 

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Learners’ Labyrinth

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OkinawanGirl

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TeachersToolkit 

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PollyPuddleduck 

If any TES Authors want their shop/store added to this list- please, drop me an email!

-Polly

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