OPEN SOURCE SOFTWAREThis page is dedicated tofreesoftware programs that replace costlier versions of similar software.That means no license fees!!!


Open Office (instead of Microsoft Office) Go here to download the software.
OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, slideshows, graphics, databases, email and more. What is particularly nice about this is that kids can use it at home and then will have the same version we have at school!
Writer
Writer

Writer – a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.
Spreadsheet
Spreadsheet

Calc – a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyze, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics.
Presentation
Presentation

Impress – the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations.
Vectordrawing tool
Vectordrawing tool

Draw – lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.
Database
Database

Base – lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within OpenOffice.org
Mathematical function creator
Mathematical function creator

Math – lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.


ITalc-classroom management software? (instead of SynchronEyes by SMART) was designed for use in schools, so it has a lot of possibilities for teachers and librarians, such as: * see what's going on in computer-labs by using overview mode and make snapshots * remote-control computers to support and help other people * show a demo (either in fullscreen or in a window) - the teacher's screen is shown on all student's computers in realtime * lock workstations for moving undivided attention to teacher * send text-messages to students * powering on/off and rebooting computers per remote * remote logon and logoff and remote execution of arbitrary commands/scripts * home-schooling - iTALC's network-technology is not restricted to a subnet and therefore students at home can join lessons via VPN-connections just by installing iTALC client.

Moodle (instead of the costly Blackboard)
"Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. To work, it needs to be installed on a web server somewhere, either on one of your own computers or one at a web hosting company."
  • Moodle has features that allow it to scale to very large deployments and hundreds of thousands of students, yet it can also be used for a primary school or an education hobbyist.
  • Many institutions use it as their platform to conduct fully online courses, while some use it simply to augment face-to-face courses (known as blended learning).
  • Many of our users love to use the activity modules (such as forums, databases and wikis) to build richly collaborative communities of learning around their subject matter (in the social constructionist tradition), while others prefer to use Moodle as a way to deliver content to students (such as standard SCORM packages) and assess learning using assignments or quizzes
  • For a demo (as a teacher) Click on Moodle Demo



SketchUp Pro - Through the generosity of Trimble SketchUp, Ohio public schools are permitted to install Trimble SketchUp Pro, a 3D graphics software program, on educator workstations, in school computer labs, and on other school-owned computers. To get access, a district representative needs to complete the application.