Free & Open Source Software


Free & Open Source Software

Discussions geared toward the use of FLOSS.

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Your Free & Open Source Software Box

Free (Libre) Open Source Software (FLOSS) holds a tremendous potential for K-12 education. By using Free and Open Source Software, schools can:

* Save money on their classroom and back-office programs
* Use programs that can be freely-copied and shared with students
* Customize programs for specific needs
* Provide teachers and students with an introduction to the world of collaborative software building

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Free Teacher Resource Portal

Started by ewa777. Last reply by Benjamin Levy Dec 11, 2013. 3 Replies

I was wondering if anyone has some great database websites of where to find a plethora of free resources for teachers related to FLOSS or just Free tools. My wife and I created (No Teacher…Continue

Tags: Tools, Software, Source, Open, Free

HASTAC Announces New Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition

Started by mdailey Nov 17, 2011. 0 Replies

*********PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY********* HASTAC Announces New Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition HASTAC is proud to announce a new…Continue

Tags: assessment, feedback, badges, learning, media


Started by Dan Sherman. Last reply by Ann-Jeannette Estrada Oct 4, 2011. 2 Replies

Hi,  TenMarks has launched a math practice and learning program for grades 3 - High School and as of today, it’s FREE for teachers to use in class or for their students to use at home.The TenMarks…Continue

Tags: Classroom, Math, Resources, Teachers, Education

Interactive Quiz Software for Lab

Started by Erin. Last reply by Student Lanka Aug 26, 2011. 9 Replies

Hi again! I've had some really good input and gotten some great resources from this site so I'm hoping to get lucky once again. Our school is moving towards interactive whiteboards in all classrooms…Continue

Why use MS Office anymore on student lab machines??

Started by Matt Montagne. Last reply by Barry Bakin May 25, 2011. 29 Replies

With the host of simple, free and powerful client apps (eg OpenOffice) and web based apps (google suite), what are the advantages of continuing to pay annual seating fees for MS Office on our…Continue

Is there something else I can use besides Skype?

Started by leewin. Last reply by Grace Gorman May 1, 2011. 12 Replies

IT people in our division don't like using Skype because it is incredibly bandwidth intensive. Is there an alternative option so that I can do interesting videoconferencing projects with other…Continue

Alternative Screen Capture and Graphics Apps

Started by Stephen A. Schneiter. Last reply by Shawn Turner Feb 14, 2011. 5 Replies

Does anyone have an alternative application for screen captures other than SnagIT?  SnagIT is great but I was hoping to find something comparable that is free and opensource.  I have tried…Continue

Tags: screen, capture, Camtasia, SnagIT, editor

Looking for suggestions for software tool - Please can you help me?

Started by Julie Elkan. Last reply by Julie Elkan May 26, 2010. 4 Replies

I'm a technology integration specialist and I want to help a 5th grade teacher . She's going tp  Alaska and wants her students to respond to questions about video and photos she posts online . She…Continue

Your Feedback Wanted: Collaborative Writing Ideas

Started by Bryan Rosen. Last reply by Bryan Rosen Mar 22, 2010. 1 Reply

Hi. I am a Computing and Education Masters student at Teachers College Columbia University and am interning at MixedInk this semester (…Continue

Free online Biblical Hebrew lesson: 26+ minutes

Started by Moshe Burt Feb 3, 2010. 0 Replies

FYI, here is a free online lesson on the basics of reading and understanding Hebrew, especially Biblical Hebrew: is…Continue

Tags: video, understanding, lesson, online, Hebrew

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Comment by Rose Arnell on April 6, 2014 at 2:03pm

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Comment by Dr Anna Maria Wertlen on April 7, 2011 at 12:34pm
Is there a member here in this group who works in rural or peri-urban South Africa or Southern Africa and is interested in a FLOSS social networking site - especially designed for learners and teachers - that functions off-line, so that interrupted Internet connectivity and low Internet quota isn't a problem?
Comment by Jim Roberts on February 5, 2011 at 2:14pm
Anyone have experience in using Moodle?
Comment by Jessie Chuang on December 12, 2010 at 6:30am

We support open educational resources and cost-effective technology aid to take the full advantage of digital contents and tools in classrooms.

We provide interactive projector or interactive module which give you interactive whiteboards on any surface but only cost a fraction of traditional ones.

Comment by Kevin Murphy on September 21, 2010 at 7:54am
Really cool website Donna
Comment by Donna GUTHRIE on September 21, 2010 at 7:09am
Hello, have a website called MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids ( . I am very interested in using technology in the classroom and developing a website that is helpful to the classroom teacher.
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Comment by Geoff St. Pierre on February 18, 2009 at 7:00am
Logo is good.

There are a variety of implementations of it for Linux/UNIX, Mac, and uhh that other one.

Comment by Nocturnal on September 5, 2008 at 5:47pm
Programming! does anyone know of any kid friendly programming software for up to an 8th grade level?
Comment by Bill Schreiter on June 4, 2008 at 6:01pm
Hi, My name is Bill and I work in a school district in Ontario Canada. We use a mixture of WordPerfect and Microsoft Office in the classroom. WordPerfect version 12 is provided by the Ministry of Education to school districts for free. MS Office is something that we have to purchase over and over again.

For a variety of reasons I would like to champion a move to replace both Office suites with Open Office. These reasons are clear to me ... such as student take home, compatibility, features and finally price... This does not mention all the benefits to FLOSS and the community support compared to any proprietary software.

Do you know of districts that have moved to Open Office?

What are the issues?

What about importing old WordPerfect documents... I have trouble with the graphics that in the wpg (wordperfect) format.

Do you know of case studies, feature comparisons etc that might help?

Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.


PS: I am very new and if this is inappropriate please tell me and I will retract and withdraw...

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