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Linux in Education - resources.

Posted 01-30-2009 at 03:58 PM by farslayer
Updated 03-26-2009 at 08:12 AM by farslayer

There are a lot of links here for various projects centered around Education. Make sure you clik the Continue Reading link in the lower right to view all the content.

case studies on schools that have converted to Linux

iTALC - Intelligent Teaching And Learning with Computers
iTALC is a powerful didactical tool for teachers. It lets you view and control other computers in your network in several ways. It supports Linux and Windows 2000/XP
Resource for finding applications to fit specific categories.. such as Education
Our goal is to make Debian an OS that children of all ages will want to use. Our initial focus will be on producing something for children up to age 8. Once we have accomplished this, our next target age range is 7 to 12.
The Open Source Education Foundation's purpose to enhance k-12 education through the use of technologies and concepts derived from The Open Source and Free Software movement.
GCompris is an educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational
SchoolForge's mission is to unify independent organizations that advocate, use, and develop open resources for education. We advocate the use of open texts and lessons, open curricula, free software and open source in education.
Edubuntu's objective is to create an integrated and usable experience for educational users by enhancing Ubuntu with educational applications, tools, content, and themes.
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

This site was started after the significant positive response to Free and Open Source software by educators at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) held in July, 2006
Free Software can be a valuable resource in education. Not only can it be technically or pedagogically superior to proprietary alternatives, but it can also promote the values of the GNU project in the schools:
* Freedom
* Cooperation

Today, many students and schools don't even know about Free Software or the great advantages it brings. At the same time, software knowledgeability is required for more and more tasks, and Free Software has a distinct advantage in this field.
The learning engine for every child: Sugar provides a simple yet powerful means of engaging young children in the world of learning that is opened up by computers and the Internet. With Sugar, even the youngest learner will quickly become proficient in using the computer as a tool to engage in authentic problem-solving. Sugar promotes sharing, collaborative learning, and reflection, developing skills that help them in all aspects of life.
Because the liberty and the equality of access to the IT are important in our society, OFSET is actively promoting and developing free software for schools. To understand how and under what conditions OFSET is working to reach this objective, we invite you to read carefully the OFSET Manifesto and Charter. To consult the projects we are working on, you can take a look at our Project pages.
Old site, replaced by
Childsplay is targeted at home users and uses a more colorful frontend than schoolsplay.
The activities have a more "fun and games" feel to it.
Schoolsplay is a new project based on Childsplay and it will become a program that offers various educational activities and the educational "fun and games" activities currently found in Childsplay.
Schoolsplay tries to address the design problems in Childsplay by using a more object oriented (OO) design. This will make Schoolsplay more robust and scalable as well as allow for easier customization by the user.
In addition to the design considerations Schoolsplay will also add extensive data collecting, per user, to the various activities.
Free Educational Software based on the KDE technologies: students, parents, children, teachers, adults, you can freely use our software, copy it, modify it to your needs and enjoy learning!

Please have a look at the Tour webpage to get a quick preview of our programs which are translated in more than 65 languages.

Our primary focus is on schoolchildren aged 3 to 18, and the specialized user interface needs of young users. However, we also have programs to aid teachers in planning lessons, and others that are of interest to university students and anyone else with a desire to learn!
One of our goals is to "Promote and Produce Full-Featured Alternative Software Solutions to Proprietary Software". We could not say we are working towards that goal unless we are aiming to supply alternative Operating System (OS) and application suites to schools, teachers, parents and children.
This is a compilation of Free and Open Source Educational software for Linux and is available on CD at These Free and Open Source programs can also be downloaded from the latest copy of this document at Files can be accessed using the category index below or accessed via the file tree structure of the CD image using a file or web browser.
Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites.
K12LTSP is based on CentOS Linux and the Linux Terminal Server Project. It's easy to install and configure. It's distributed under the GNU General Public License. That means it's free and it's based on Open Source software. K12LTSP is considered to be LEGACY software that is usable with old hardware until CentOS5 support ends in the year 2014. If you need modern LTSP 5.x features or modern client hardware, then you will want to use
K12Linux is Linux Terminal Server Project ( integrated with Fedora 10, in a convenient LiveUSB or DVD media installer. Since 1999 LTSP has empowered many schools and businesses with Linux-based terminal servers and thin clients, allowing low-cost clients or recycled computers to become powerful Linux desktop machines. K12Linux allows easy deployment of a Linux terminal server, capable of serving entire networks of netboot diskless clients. Clients login to the central terminal server, where they can use any Linux desktop environment (GNOME, KDE, XFCE, etc.) and most desktop applications. Significant long-term cost savings are made possible by central management of software and accounts.
Learnloop is a groupware aimd for education and collaboration. Our goals is to serve organsiations and companys with a tool, easy to use for students and teachers.
LearnLoop is built and coded by its users and uses GPL license (Open source).
This is the Grader project ("grader")

Lecture facilities for IZTECH Computer Engineering department. Both student and academic personnel are target users. Users can communicate each other. Students can see exam, homework and project grades.
The WikiEducator is an evolving community intended for the collaborative:
* planning of education projects linked with the development of free content;
* development of free content on Wikieducator for e-learning;
* work on building open education resources (OERs) on how to create OERs.
* networking on funding proposals developed as free content.
Argentinian Software in education site..
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    great article thanks for this.
    Posted 05-19-2009 at 05:51 AM by namit namit is offline


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