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Old 04-27-2008, 11:54 AM   #1
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Is there software for students to manage schoolwork, courses, tests, and etc?


I am wondering if there are any good FLOSS for Linux that can help students (high-school/college) manage assignments, projects, courses, tests, and other schoolwork related activities? I would really like to know.

I like GNOME, so GTK apps would be really helpful but I am perfectly ok with a KDE application. I haven't seen any applications that fit this niche and am wondering if any of you known of an application that could help.

KMail, Evolution, Thunderbird, Sunbird and the like to cut it for me. They just don't have enough features and seem to be more business people managing meetings than students managaing schoolwork.
 
Old 04-27-2008, 12:44 PM   #2
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I never heard of any software like that for Linux, but it sounds like a good project I would like to start myself, on my free time (I'm getting rusty with C/Python/GTK and this could be nice).

Have you ever used any similar program as the one you are looking for on any other operating system? Because if you do, please tell me. I'd love to check out how they work as well as finding a similar (if any) to you for Linux.

Regards!
 
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I haven't actually seen a program like this for any OS so far.

I would be happy to help you program this as I am familiar with Python, PyGTK, C and the like. I think there would be much more widespread use of Linux by students if a program like this existed.
 
Old 04-27-2008, 01:11 PM   #4
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I haven't actually seen a program like this for any OS so far.

I would be happy to help you program this as I am familiar with Python, PyGTK, C and the like. I think there would be much more widespread use of Linux by students if a program like this existed.
That is so true. Linux really could use a program like this. I will be a bit busy now till Wednesday (30th May. Lots of bugs to fix at work, unhappy clients and bosses, etc), then free Thursday and Friday. We could brainstorm a little bit what the program could do, draw a few things on paper, send to each other and if we actually come up with something good, we can start a project on the sourceforge and hopefully, students and even teachers may get interested and contribute. I will just tell you now that I won't be having that much time to work on the project, but I will definitely contribute with code when I can . And don't worry, I won't steal ideas or anything, hehe.

I will send you a private message with my MSN/ICQ.

Cheers!

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Old 04-27-2008, 01:19 PM   #5
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That is so true. Linux really could use a program like this. I will be a bit busy now till Wednesday (30th May. Lots of bugs to fix at work, unhappy clients and bosses, etc), then free Thursday and Friday. We could brainstorm a little bit what the program could do, draw a few things on paper, send to each other and if we actually come up with something good, we can start a project on the sourceforge and hopefully, students and even teachers may get interested and contribute. I will just tell you now that I won't be having that much time to work on the project, but I will definitely contribute with code when I can . And don't worry, I won't steal ideas or anything, hehe.

I will send you a private message with my MSN/ICQ.

Cheers!
Ok, that would be great! You're right, we should definitely start a SourceForge project. I found one for Windows called Student life, but it has a pretty ugly interface. I'll try and come up with some mockups for the GUI.
 
Old 04-27-2008, 01:26 PM   #6
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Hi.

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... I haven't actually seen a program like this for any OS so far. ...
Using all your keywords with Google produces about 30K hits, not all on-point, but this seems to be mentioned frequently (for XP):
http://www.qweas.com/download/home_e...ork_system.htm

The price is about $30, so it would be easy to get a copy and see what features you like, don't like, etc ... cheers, makyo
 
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A few items for you to peruse:
http://www.linux.com/articles/54225

http://www.jumpstartlinux.com/jslhomeworketc.html

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/7478

For more items to examine, point your browser at www.google.com/linux, using search words "student manage assignments".
 
Old 04-27-2008, 02:23 PM   #8
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A few items for you to peruse:
http://www.linux.com/articles/54225

http://www.jumpstartlinux.com/jslhomeworketc.html

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/7478

For more items to examine, point your browser at www.google.com/linux, using search words "student manage assignments".
I read the articles and they all seem to be about systems that teachers and schools can use to manage assignments. Unfortunately few schools are using these methods.

What I am looking for is a program that acts like most calendars but is specialized for students and allows students to keep track of their coursework, projects, quizzes, tests, and assignments through a clean easy-to-use interface. A webapp won't really cut it because that would require servers and the like.

Many college and highschool students use Linux as an alternative to Windows. Students are increasingly having trouble keeping track of their busy lives. Assignment notebooks and planners are often left unused and are an uneccesary burden to msot students. Students use their computers to do research, write essays, communicate, and more but often have no way of keeping track of assignments and tests other than futily trying to remember it all.

Basically we need a Personal Information Manager customized for students.
 
  


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