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Old 08-15-2010, 03:04 PM   #1
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Recommend software for an elementary school computer lab


Hello. I'm an elementary school librarian, and my school is experimenting w/ a Linux platform computer lab. I am end user, and don't know much about Linux or available software. Can anyone recommend appropriate educational software for younger students? Thanks in advance.
 
Old 08-15-2010, 03:43 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ If you mean whole distros, the links below are for distributions that are aimed at education. Is this something you will administer, or do you have an IT department?
http://edubuntu.org/
http://www.slx.no/
 
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:27 PM   #3
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Gimp (photoshop like), Inkdcape (vector art, illustrator like) and Blender (3D) for graphics and KDEedu bundle for learning. It have some software too advanced, like plotting, algebra, physics simulator and periodic table targeted for high school, but also have some language learning software, geometry, geography and educative games.
 
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:06 PM   #4
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Thanks for the input! We have an IT director, so I'll be teaching in the computer lab, but not administering. It's a bit daunting to switch from Windows, but I'm told Linux is much more stable. Our computers are older and slooooooow, so I'm hoping Linux helps. Plus, it's fun to expose students (and myself) to a different OS. Thanks for the links, I'll check them out.
 
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Do you want to teach them about computers of are you looking for software that teaches some topic while running on linux. Do you have a similar windows application that we could use to compare?

This may be a start. http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Education_Live_CD
 
Old 08-16-2010, 04:25 PM   #6
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Great question. I mainly teach them basic operations and navigation, and well as Internet skills. When we used Windows, I used Microsoft Office Suite, Kidspiration, Drawing for Children, MS Paint, and Typing to Learn Jr. Thanks for responding. I appreciate all suggestions.
 
Old 08-16-2010, 04:44 PM   #7
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Try Edubuntu: http://www.edubuntu.org/
 
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:53 PM   #8
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Have a look here as well
http://schoolforge.org.uk/index.php/Linux_for_Education
Linux works well in schools. In South Africa it's been used in schools where there's no IT person and the children have never touched a computer before!
 
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:11 PM   #9
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The advantages of a LTSP Edubuntu setup is that you can have a few big, powerful and expensive computer and use the slow one as "thin clients" so the slow computer will use the horse power of the fast one instead of thin own lacking one.

If you want to use Linux directly on the older one, you will have to pick a distribution. Linux is not an Operating System, it is a base for operating system. Some modern ones take as much resources as Windows 7 and can hardly run with less than 1gb of memory. Some other run fine with 32mb. It is important to pick the right one to have a nice ratio of users-friendlessness versus resources economy.
 
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For the younger ones, have a look at tuxpaint.

Cheers,

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_T...Server_Project
 
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:00 PM   #12
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Thanks, you all are awesome! I'm sending all your input to my IT director. I've learned so much already just from using this forum. Thanks again.
 
  


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