Freeware and Open Source Software (OSS) for education.


What do you use or could you use in the classroom?

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Name
Level
Possible use
Audioboo
Upper primary and all secondary
Free upload and hosting of podcasts, max 5mins. Easily links to social networking sites.
Sketchup
High School Mainly with S1/2 (11 - 13 years old) Though could be used in upper primary

X-Mind
Mind Mapping app. All levels
See page for xmind
Kinovea
Video Analysis app. High School

Audacity
Audio software - used at Secondary (High) School but has applications across all levels. It can convert to mp3 (needs separate lame_enc.dll available here)
Creating podcasts.
Reviewing quotes or listening to podcasts on iPods etc by students
Use to make audio track when film making with movie maker.
Gimp
Plugins:
Gimp Painter
David's Batch Processor
Probably the best free image editing program around. Has a lot of the same features as Photoshop.
Gimp functionality is increased greatly by plug-ins. This has simalarities to Artrage (see below)
Allows you to batch process photos. Makes uploading a lot easier.

Drop.io
Free Private Exchange. Non-indexed webpages for sharing almost any media. Safe, private, password protectable.
Subject/Topic resource repository, Home-school diaries, Homework distribution & collection,quick and easy window into classroom activities, live chat &&&&&
ArtRage Starter Edition
Drawing app works best with Tablet PC's or with a Graphics Tablet attached
All
Celtx
Pre-production and Scripting tool
High School
Hot Potatoes
Create quiz's
all
Stop Motion Animator
Record quick stop motion animations Requires a WebCam/Camera/Camcorder
All
Irfanview
Viewer & editor - pics, audio
All
Stellarium
Virtual Planetarium
Science, space, all levels
Virtual Physical Laboratory
Virtual Physics experiments
(Free copies available to all UK & ROI physics teachers via IOP, but requires attendance at a training event. Details on website under 'pricing')
Secondary Physics (& some Chemistry)
Paint.NET
Free image editing software. Not as feature rich as The Gimp but probably easier to learn
For when The Gimp is overkill
Aviary
Online creative suite. Myna section for PC users who want something akin to Garageband.
Cross curricular, upper primary & secondary.
Scratch
Free application developed by MIT which brings programming within reach of 8 year olds and up. A "Lego brick" metaphor allows interchange of software components without worries over off-putting code syntax errors.1
Download others' creations to see how they work.
Easily create simple games.
Publish and share student creations. Edu Forum.
MyStudiyo
Quiz templates for websites, can embed various media in the quizzes
All
Google Earth
Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
All
Freemind
Free mind mapping software, requires download
All
Pivot Stick Man
Pivot Stickfigure Animator (usually shortened to Pivot) is a Windows freeware application that allows users to create stick-figure animations, and save them in the animated GIF. Search for additional addins.
All ages.
Photostory
Win only. The swiss army knife of ICT tools

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EasyCampus
Powerful, hosted virtual school builder and learning management system comparable to Moodle. Free for 25 users and comes with unlimited online support. Convenient templates for facilitated, hybrid, and self-paced courses.
All
iTalc
iTalc lets you view and control other computers in your network in several ways. It supports Linux and Windows 2000/XP
Control computers in your classroom
Glogster (Edu)
Interactive, multimedia posters for creativity. Middle primary upwards.
Cross curricular.
Posterous
Online space for all media - excellent.
cross curricular
PDF To Word Covertor
free for commercial use
All
Scribus
Desk Top Publishing package. Very comprehensive.
Upper Secondary
Blender
3D surface modelling package. Absolutely amazing that this is open source though not the easiest to get the hang of.
Mid - Upper secondary
Inkscape
An excellent vector graphics package. No corner cutting when using this package in comparison to Serif, allows the user to get a thorough knowledge/experience of how vectors are created and manipulated. Excellent tutorials and on-line support community
Secondary
Network Notepad
Network Notepad is a Freeware program for creating interactive network diagrams - good for use with A Level students
A Level
Camstudio
Allows you to take videos of what's happening on screen - great for staff to create tutorial videos and there are also lots of ways for the kids to use this
Any but mainly secondary
Limesurvey
Powerful open source web-based survey tool, used in East Lothian for council-wide surveys of entire year cohorts to monitor and evaluate student experience of learning at P6 and S2. PHP/MySQL based. Can do automatic simple stats/charts reporting as pdf.
All