Free Software Guide by fionan


									                                         Free Software Guide
4Teachers - works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering FREE online tools
   and resources. This site helps teachers locate and create ready-to-use Web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and
   classroom calendars. There are also tools for student use. Discover valuable professional development
   resources addressing issues such as equity, ELL, technology planning, and at-risk or special-needs students.

ArcExplorer for education -
       ArcExplorer— ArcExplorer is a lightweight GIS data viewer written in Java that is used to perform basic
       GIS functions (e.g., view, navigate, and query). It is a downloadable application that operates in a
       stand-alone environment and does not need to connect to a server. ArcExplorer is heavily used in the
       education world and runs on both Windows and Apple Macintosh computers.

Audacity –
   Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other
   operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
       Record live audio.
       Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
       Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files.
       Cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together.
       Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
       And more! See the complete list of features.

BackFlip -

bFree -
   Use bFree to open a Blackboard™ course export or archive file and display the content of the course, as
   shown here. Preview and select the content items that you want to extract, then extract them as a set of
   files and folders or as an independent Web site. Step-by-step instructions are included in the application.

Blogging -
   Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated and intended for
   general public consumption. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site. A
   blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is "blogging" and
   someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger." Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows
   people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog.

Flickr -
    Flickr is a way to get your photos to the people who matter to you. And since basic accounts are free,
    there's no reason not to explore further...
          Upload from your desktop, send by email, or use your cameraphone.
          Use collections, sets, and tags to organize your photos.
          Use groups and privacy controls to share your photos.
          Share where your photos were taken, and see photos taken near you.
          Make Stuff
          cards, photo books, framed prints, Target pick up, DVDs, etc.
          Keep in Touch
          Get updates from family and friends.

FreeMind -
   FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping ( software written in
   Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool. We are proud that the
   operation and navigation of FreeMind is faster than that of MindManager because of one-click "fold /
   unfold" and "follow link" operations.
   So you want to write a completely new metaphysics? Why don't you use FreeMind? You have a tool at
   hand that remarkably resembles the tray slips of Robert Pirsig, described in his sequel to Zen and the Art of
   Motorcycle Maintenance called Lila. Do you want to refactor your essays in a similar way you would
   refactor software? Or do you want to keep personal knowledge base, which is easy to manage? Why don't
   you try FreeMind? Do you want to prioritize, know where you are, where you've been and where you are
   heading, as Stephen Covey would advise you? Have you tried FreeMind to keep track of all the things that
   are needed for that?

   GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as
   photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many
   This is the official GIMP web site. It contains information about downloading, installing, using, and
   enhancing it. This site also serves as a distribution point for the latest releases. We try to provide as much
   information about the GIMP community and related projects as possible. Hopefully you will find what you
   need here. Grab a properly chilled beverage and enjoy.

Google Analytics -
   Introducing Google Analytics. Sophisticated. Easy. Free.
   Google Analytics tells you everything you want to know about how your visitors found you and how they
   interact with your site. You'll be able to focus your marketing resources on campaigns and initiatives that
   deliver ROI, and improve your site to convert more visitors.

Google earth -
   Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings
   to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.
        Fly to your house. Just type in an address, press Search, and you’ll zoom right in.
        Search for schools, parks, restaurants, and hotels. Get driving directions.
        Tilt and rotate the view to see 3D terrain and buildings, or look up to explore the sky
        Save and share your searches and favorites.

Google Groups -
   Create and join groups to discuss topics
   Setup mailing lists to stay in touch
   Search and access over 1 billion posts
   Send newsletters and plan group events
   Bookmark ( ) your favorite discussions

Google docs and spreadsheets –
   If you've ever struggled to keep track of different versions of spreadsheet or word processor files sent over
   email, Google Docs & Spreadsheets may be right for you. Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a web-based
   word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose
   update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your student group's homework
   assignments, access your family to-do list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a
   new business plan.

Hot Potatoes –
   The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-
   answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web.
   Hot Potatoes is not freeware, but it is free of charge for those working for publicly-funded non-profit-
   making educational institutions, who make their pages available on the web. Other users must pay for a

Image Compression -

Inkscape -
    Inkscape is an Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, Freehand,
    CorelDraw, or Xara X using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. Supported SVG
    features include shapes, paths, text, markers, clones, alpha blending, transforms, gradients, patterns, and
    grouping. Inkscape also supports Creative Commons meta-data, node editing, layers, complex path
    operations, bitmap tracing, text-on-path, flowed text, direct XML editing, and more. It imports formats
    such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and others and exports PNG as well as multiple vector-based formats.
    Inkscape's main goal is to create a powerful and convenient drawing tool fully compliant with XML, SVG,
    and CSS standards. We also aim to maintain a thriving user and developer community by using open,
    community-oriented development

Jing -
     Capture Images - Snap a picture of anything on your desktop.
     Record Video - Record video of what you do, or what you see.
     Share Online - Instantly uploaded. Share in email, IM, or blogs.

Learn to Program Interactive 3D Graphics -
   Alice v2.0 is the next major version of the Alice 3D Authoring system, from the Stage3 Research Group at
   Carnegie Mellon University. It has been completely rewritten from scratch over the past few years.
   The focus of the Alice project is now to provide the best possible first exposure to programming for
   students ranging from middle schoolers to college students.

Levelator -
   Do you believe in magic? You will after using The Levelator to enhance your podcast. And you'll be amazed
   that it's free (for non-commercial use).
   So what is The Levelator? It's software that runs on Windows or OS X (universal binary) that adjusts the
   audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for
   example. It's not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It's much more than
   those tools, and it's much simpler to use. The UI is dirt-simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto
   The Leveler's application window, and a few moments later you'll find a new version which just sounds

Moviemaker –
  You can use Windows Movie Maker to import audio and video to your computer from a digital video (DV)
  camera, and then use the imported content in your movies. You can also import existing audio, video, or
  still pictures into Windows Movie Maker to use in the movies you create.
  After editing the audio and video content in Windows Movie Maker, which can include adding titles,
  transitions, or effects, you can then publish your final movie and share it with your friends and family.

MWSnap -
  MWSnap is a small yet powerful program for taking scren captures of a desktop, an active window,menu,
  or a specified part of the screen. The program supports BMP, JPG, TIFF,PNG and GIF formats, with user
  selected color depth and quality settings. It also includes a zooming tool, a screen ruler and a color picker
  as well as system wide hotkeys and preset selection sizes. A very nice program, one of the best - if not the
  best, you can currently find for free.

Note Star -
   NoteStar is an Internet utility to assist in the preparation of research papers. Teachers and students can set
   up research projects with topics and sub-topics. Students may then take advantage of NoteStar's many
   features to collect and organize their notes and prepare their bibliography page; even does APA style

Note Takers -

NVU - (pronounced N-view)
  Finally! A complete Web Authoring System for Linux desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows and
  Macintosh users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver. Nvu (which stands for "new view")
  makes managing a web site a snap. Now anyone can create web pages and manage a website with no
  technical expertise or knowledge of HTML.

Open Office - the product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop
   applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a
   user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, also
   works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office, and the vendor-
   neutral OpenDocument standard from OASIS.

                     Writer – a word processor you can use for anything from
                     writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.
                     Calc – a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need
                     to calculate, analyse, and present your data in numerical
                    reports or sizzling graphics.
                    Impress – the fastest, most powerful way to create
                    effective multimedia presentations.
                    Draw – lets you produce everything from simple diagrams
                    to dynamic 3D illustrations.
                    Base – lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create
                    and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from
                    Math – lets you create mathematical equations with a
                    graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas
                    into the equation editor.
Photostory -
Capture memories            Bring photos to life        Share your stories
Create slideshows           Add stunning special        Small file sizes make it
using your digital          effects, soundtracks, and   easy to send your photo
photos. With a single       your own voice narration    stories in an e-mail. Watch
click, you can touch-       to your photo stories.      them on your TV, a
up, crop, or rotate         Then, personalize them      computer, or a Windows
pictures. It's that easy!   with titles and captions.   Mobile–based portable

RubiStar -
   RubiStar is a free tool to help teachers create quality rubrics.

Second life -
   Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its Residents. Since opening to the public in
   2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 9,053,514 Residents from around the
        From the moment you enter the World you'll discover a vast digital continent, teeming with
           people, entertainment, experiences and opportunity. Once you've explored a bit, perhaps you'll
           find a perfect parcel of land to build your house or business.
        You'll also be surrounded by the Creations of your fellow Residents. Because Residents retain the
           rights to their digital creations, they can buy, sell and trade with other Residents.
        The Marketplace currently supports millions of US dollars in monthly transactions. This commerce
           is handled with the in-world unit-of-trade, the Linden dollar, which can be converted to US dollars
           at several thriving online Linden Dollar exchanges.

Skype -
        Free Skype-to-Skype calls to people anywhere in the world.
        Call phones and mobiles at pretty cheap rates per minute.
        Instant message when it's not a good time to talk.
        See who you’re talking to with free video calls.
        Forward your calls and get text messages when you’re not online.
        Search the web with the Google Toolbar (optional install).

Squeak -
   Squeak is a "media authoring tool"-- software that you can download to your computer and then use to
   create your own media or share and play with others. It is free and downloadable here. If you'd like to get
   a feel for what Squeak looks like without downloading, view a typical early project for kids in HTML (no
   download needed). Once you download Squeak you can use the Squeak Tutorials and download the handy
   Etoys Quickstart Guide.Further information can be found in the Squeak FAQ.

Teacher tube -

Thinking tools -
    Visual Ranking Tool › Identify and refine criteria for assigning ranking to a list; and then debate
   differences, reach consensus, and organize ideas.
   Seeing Reason Tool › Investigate relationships in complex systems, creating maps that communicate
   Showing Evidence Tool › Construct well-reasoned arguments that are supported by evidence, using a
   visual framework.

Writeboard -
  Writeboard makes it easy to...
      Write without fear of losing or overwriting a good idea
      Compare different versions of a document
      Collaborate with colleagues on copy, proposals, memos, etc.
      Subscribe to documents via RSS and be notified of changes
      Keep your writings organized with Backpack integration
  Writeboard is perfect for...
      Authors, journalists, PR folks, editors, and publishers
      Bloggers or freelance/independent writers
      Letter writers, songwriters, poets, comedians, creatives
      Students, professors, and groups collaborating on a paper

Wiki -
   A wiki is a web application that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows
   anyone to edit the content. Wiki also refers to the collaborative software used to create such a website

More Freeware:

To top