Educational Software Thread, Top 10 'must have' pieces of software in Technical; Just to gauge everyone's thoughts on the matter, there is of course the standard required software we all must have ...
6th March 2009, 10:29 AM #1
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Top 10 'must have' pieces of software
Just to gauge everyone's thoughts on the matter, there is of course the standard required software we all must have - MS Office, some variation of photoshop etc.
But I was wondering what else should we really be providing as a standard within schools?
We run macromedia studio 8, but have yet to get it used to any full extent which is a shame; and also things like techsoft 2d which is a start into CAD programs.
But I'm asking what are the 'must haves' for secondary education?
Thanks in advance.
6th March 2009, 11:11 AM #2
1) A Web Browser
2) Office Suite (not necessarily M$)
3) DTP Package (PagePlus/Scribus/Publisher)
4) Student Monitoring (NetOp/ABTutor/ITalc)
5) Image Editing (PhotoPlus/GiMP/Paint.NET/etc)
6) Wisesoft Password Control (for the teachers)
7) WYSIWYG HTML Editor (Frontpage/Dreamweaver/Kompozer)
Everything else is department specific and they usually tell us. Solidworks, 2D Design and Circuit Wizard are popular in DT, Adobe Premiere Elements in Media, Maths keep coming up with something new almost every week and science are not that far behind. Broadworks stuff seems quite popular as does Multimedia Science. The list pretty much goes on...
6th March 2009, 11:15 AM #3
6th March 2009, 12:19 PM #4
You don't have to have MS Office, and it's becoming less and less relevant to how people use computers these days - who prints and sends letters any more? You tend to find Word being used as a basic quick layout-and-print application, more like a desktop publishing application than anything else. Same goes for Photoshop - everything most end users are lijkly to want to do can be taken care of with a basic application. All you "need" these days on a computer is a web browser, nothing else.
Originally Posted by jpwright
6th March 2009, 12:27 PM #5
Audio Recording and Editing (Audacity)
Video Editing (Movie Maker and Serif Movie Plus)
6th March 2009, 12:30 PM #6
Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc
(I know what Fortran is, just why?)
6th March 2009, 12:31 PM #7
OpenOffice and GIMP are two must haves (I can't imagine life without them!).
6th March 2009, 12:38 PM #8
freemind - mind mapping
wink - screen recording
6th March 2009, 02:18 PM #9
Dont forget stuff like Flash, Java, Adobe Reader, Quick Time. An Antiviurs solution would be essential.
6th March 2009, 03:29 PM #10
quicktime > quicktime alternative
realplayer > real alternative
adobe reader > foxitreader
6th March 2009, 03:58 PM #11
DoPDF or PDFConverter or etc...
SUPER (more of a necessary for the Techs )
6th March 2009, 04:25 PM #12
We swapped freemind for VUE - much quicker to use and more intuitive unless freemind has come on a lot.
Originally Posted by mark
For screen capturing I like Wink for detailed stuff, but CamStudio is good for more basic requirements.
For playing back video we use MPC, but VLC is as good.
6th March 2009, 04:27 PM #13
Please do give more info about SUPER ??
Originally Posted by wesleyw
6th March 2009, 04:28 PM #14
Just install your favourite Linux distro and away you go
6th March 2009, 06:23 PM #15
Can convert practically any format video, audio etc to another format. Best of all its free
Originally Posted by reggiep
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