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Old 01-31-2012, 06:10 AM   #1
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Teachers' Software?


Good day Linux Users. I am interested in teachers' software. I know they use skype, and of course, Open Office... I think I'd best find out more about Pidgin... But can you tell me of good software for grading and communications, maybe flash cards, exam papers, making videos, for projectors...
 
Old 01-31-2012, 07:41 AM   #2
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Good day!

I don't know exactly what you teach. If you tell a bit more, you might get better answers than mine. "Linux" is a really vast world.

For the tasks you said, I think there is no need for a specific "teacher's guide" or "teacher's edition".

I suggest that you read about Edubuntu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edubuntu and http://edubuntu.org/).
 
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:04 PM   #3
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G'day Novation, up late on a school night I see.

If you are after teacher specific software in Linux you should have a look at DebianEdu, EduBuntu and a variety of applications listed in these two systems. As for skype, alot of people use it so its not specifically educational software. Pidgin used to be good but I have had difficulties with the last few so I use Empathy now.

My best advice to you, as I am sure you would also tell your students, is take a look at the library. In this case its called Synaptic. Use the search function and type in your query and it will bring up a world of choices for you. Another idea is to google "Flashcards" etc. If you can get PDF format flash cards you can easily use Evince or similar programs to put them on screen.

There shouldn't be any issue running a projector. I have my desktop hooked up to my TV and have done similar things with projectors. I have a young friend who is a 3rd year teacher and just got her first permanent position who has a smart board and she intends to do the same.
 
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When it comes to course authoring tools, unfortunately most (all?) good tools are for windows and VERY expensive (eg. Articulate Storyline, Raptivity, Captivate, EasyGenerator, etc.) Having said that, there are some open source tools but most of them are quite outdated and of a substantially lower quality.

While flash is still dominant in content authoring, html5 is gradually increasing its position and sooner or later it'll take over. Most of the tools I mentioned above already output to both Flash and HTML5 formats. If you do find an open-source tool that you're satisfied with, make sure it's SCORM compatible. It'll let you embed it in various course management systems, eg. Moodle (or its various pimped-up, commercial and ridiculously expensive brothers, such as Business Moodle or ELIS for Moodle)
 
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let's see
most schools are VERY Microsoft LOCKED
and very restrictive ( my sister can not even install Spy-bot S&D the district will not let them install anything )

but
"making videos" a camera and cinelerra
" virtual heroine"
http://heroinewarrior.com/cinelerra.php
or
http://cinelerra.org/getting_cinelerra.php

"exam papers" i assume grade
- your eyes and hands
making them then use "LibreOffice "
 
Old 01-31-2012, 09:17 PM   #6
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Correct me if I'm wrong Novation but I have a gut feeling you're a student teacher. If that's the case is this an assignment type query?
 
Old 02-16-2012, 10:21 AM   #7
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I am studying TESOL, and just begin to look into what tools I have. For example, maybe I'll have a class in which we can use Edubuntu. I plan to try it out in the next few weeks. Of course skype is good, for one to one. I must see if it is good for three or more.

I really don't know yet what software I'll use, for business students, apart from maybe open office...

This forum, has been good thanks.
 
Old 02-16-2012, 02:32 PM   #8
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Ah I thought so.
Ok there are flash card web sites for the obvious flash card activities.
LibreOffice for writing letters or whatever you get your students to write.
Skype for video conferencing, although I have never attempted to sue skype in Linux for this so I am not sure if it even works.
Pidgin, Empathy and a few others for online chat messengers.
Edubuntu for basic educational tools like TuxType TuxPaint etc.

My suggestion for you would be to open Synaptic and type education into the search function (not the quick search) and see what comes up.
 
Old 02-16-2012, 04:01 PM   #9
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I don't teach English, but some of the tools I use that might be useful to an ESOL teacher are

Calibre - ebook management software, convert format A to format Z and everything in between
Konversation - irc client for KDE, loads of these about
KDisert - tool for document creation using mind maps
DiXfce4 - Xfce4 Dictionary, loads of these about
Anki - flash card maker

I also use Google Docs for document collaboration, setting tasks with myself as moderator
I use Spideroak to sync my home and work filesystems
I use Google+ & facebook to build learning community, where the VLE is lacking.

You might also look at Lokalize Computer-aided translation system.
You might also build a live CD with software tailored to your courses useing open suse studio

Have fun!
 
Old 02-16-2012, 09:44 PM   #10
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Anki is a flash card program. http://ankisrs.net/

I'm using it on my Android. I have found it useful for self-study.
 
  


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