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Free Software for Educators

ICT in Education Teacher Training Series 1
ISBN: 978-92-9223-271-9

This resource contains free (open source) software which may help educators to produce their own ICT based learning objects, learning materials and classroom resources. About 30 applications are included, categorized into Office & Design, Internet, Educational Tools, Audio and Video, Graphics & Animation and Utilities.

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Office and Design
FreeMind -
FreeMind is a mind-mapping application. Mind maps are used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision-making, and writing.

GanttProject -
GanttProject is a free and easy to use Gantt chart based project scheduling and management tool.

LyX – The Document Processor -
LyX is a document processor that encourages an approach to writing based on the structure of your documents and not simply their appearance.

Open Office - 3 is an office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more.

Scribus -
Scribus is a powerful software that helps you create great looking documents of all kinds.

Firefox is a web browser that's winning praise from users and the media for making the web fun and easy again. It has security, speed and new features that will change the way you use the web.

HTTrack -
HTTrack is an easy-to-use offline browser utility, allowing you to download websites from the internet to a local directory.

JoomlaPC! -
JoomlaPC provides Windows users with a complete Joomla! 1.5 solution without the need for hosting space online.

KompoZer -
KompoZer is a complete web authoring system that combines web file management and easy to use WYSIWYG web page editing.

RSSOwl -
RSSOwl is such an application that lets you gather, organize, update, and store information from any compliant source in a convenient, easy to use interface; save selected information in various formats for offline viewing and sharing, and much more.

Thunderbird -
Enjoy safe, fast and easy email. The Thunderbird email client includes intelligent spam filters, powerful search and customizable views.

Educational Tools
CourseLab -
CourseLab brings to you the power of creating web based training, software application simulations, computer based training, and interactive e-learning content.

eXe -
The eLearning XHTML editor (eXe) assist teachers and academics in the design, development and publishing of web-based learning and teaching materials without the need to become proficient in web designing application.

Quantum GIS -
Quantum GIS is a free software desktop Geographic Information Systems (GIS) application that provides data viewing, editing, and analysis capabilities.

Ren'Py -
Ren'Py is a cross-platform engine that helps you to use words, pictures, and sounds to tell stories with the computer. Its easy and efficient script language makes it possible for non-programmers to make visual novels, while its Python support allows for complicated simulation games.

Wink -
Wink is a tutorial and presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software.

Graphics & Animation
Blender is a software program for 3D modelling, animation, and rendering.

Dia -
Dia is a program to draw structured diagrams.

Gimp -
GIMP is a versatile graphics manipulation package used to process digital graphics and photographs.

Inkscape -
Inkscape is a free and open source vector graphics editor application.

Audio & Video
Audacity is an easy to use audio editor and recorder.

LMMS- Linux MultiMedia Studio -
Linux MultiMedia Studio allows you to produce music with your computer.

MuseScore -
Muse Score is a free music composition and notation software.

Songbird -
Songbird is an open source customizable music player with many interesting features.

VLC Media Player -
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats.

7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.

Clamwin -
ClamWin is a free antivirus program for Microsoft Windows.

DVD Flick -
DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, media centre or home cinema set.

InfraRecorder -
InfraRecorder is a free CD/DVD burning solution for Microsoft Windows.

Sage -
TheSage is a powerful English dictionary and thesaurus.