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    A List of Very Useful Applications for Educational Use

    I'm currently creating an image for the teacher computers (each teacher has a pc connected to a projector in their classroom) and I am going to install as much additional software as I can as well as the usual Windows / MS Office combo.

    Here's what I've got so far:

    Itunes
    DropBox
    Skype
    Libre Office
    The Gimp
    Google SketchUp
    Google Earth
    CutePDF
    Mozilla Firefox
    Chrome
    Opera
    QuickTime
    RealPlayer
    InfraRecorder
    IMGBurn


    I'm just trying to touch all the bases and make the machines as much a teaching accessory as possible.

    Please can you add your applications to the thread. Your recommendations for gratis applications will be much appreciated!

    Thank you!

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    7zip
    Paint.net
    VLC

    I'll try to have a think of any more that I generally push out everywhere.

    *edit* Hmmm, might be a good idea to actually provide some links as well...
    Last edited by korifugi; 11th May 2012 at 10:02 AM. Reason: added links

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    I'm a big fan of LMMS music software (it's been ported very successfully to Windows). For building tunes there's nothing quicker or easier.

    LMMS - Linux MultiMedia Studio

    Also Audacity, the best audio app
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

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    Last edited by JJonas; 11th May 2012 at 10:13 AM.

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    I'd definately have some CD/DVD emulation software on there.
    My current fave is Virtual Clone Drive.

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    Hold on!
    Why would you want to bloat out a computer unnecessarily!
    Make a descision - Chrome or Firefox - no need for both surely. (And who on earth apart from a geek would be using Opera?)

    Itunes??????
    Skype?????? (Is it not blocked by your RBC?)

    Libre Office (Do you use it for the pupils - if not no need for teachers)
    The Gimp - seriously - teachers using Gimp! - you must have very geeky ones then.
    Google SketchUp - do they use it?

    CutePDF - would they know how to use it?

    etc etc
    Are we talking primary or secondary?

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    We have some very able members of staff who will certainly use the applications / can use the applications. The point of the exercise is to offer flexibility and choice and to show that there are alternatives out there to the Microsoft offerings. I'm also toying with the idea of offering dual boot with Ubuntu as an alernative os.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    I'm also toying with the idea of offering dual boot with Ubuntu as an alernative os.
    Jesus H Christ, you are mad!

    Not that I have anything against Ubuntu, but surely that's going to be a support nightmare.

    Matt

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    'Real Player'?

    Does anysone still use that? I must admit, when most online streaming sources used Real it was a must, but what requires it these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    'Real Player'?

    Does anysone still use that? I must admit, when most online streaming sources used Real it was a must, but what requires it these days?
    Unfortunately we have a small minority of staff who will set fire to themselves in the playground if it isn't included in the image.

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    The point of the exercise is to offer flexibility and choice and to show that there are alternatives out there to the Microsoft offerings
    And whats that got to do with technical support?

    Things must be very quiet at your end

    Si

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    My goodness, the horror. I try to keep things as vanilla as possible. The teacher won't realize it but by limiting their choices they have a better time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saundersmatt View Post
    Jesus H Christ, you are mad!

    Not that I have anything against Ubuntu, but surely that's going to be a support nightmare.

    Matt
    I like a challenge. You can come along and laugh at me when I've done it and the user's heads have exploded.



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