General Chat Thread, A List of Very Useful Applications for Educational Use in General; I'm currently creating an image for the teacher computers (each teacher has a pc connected to a projector in their ...
11th May 2012, 09:52 AM #1
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:
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!
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11th May 2012, 09:56 AM #2
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
11th May 2012, 09:56 AM #3
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
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11th May 2012, 09:58 AM #4
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11th May 2012, 09:59 AM #5
SmartNotebook / Express
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11th May 2012, 10:08 AM #6
I'd definately have some CD/DVD emulation software on there.
My current fave is Virtual Clone Drive.
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11th May 2012, 10:37 AM #7
Our English staff like Shakespeare Reader:
Link: Shakespeare Reader | Rants!
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11th May 2012, 11:32 AM #8
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?)
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?
Are we talking primary or secondary?
11th May 2012, 11:43 AM #9
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.
11th May 2012, 11:48 AM #10
Jesus H Christ, you are mad!
Originally Posted by tech_guy
Not that I have anything against Ubuntu, but surely that's going to be a support nightmare.
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11th May 2012, 11:53 AM #11
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?
11th May 2012, 11:56 AM #12
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.
Originally Posted by Dos_Box
11th May 2012, 11:57 AM #13
And whats that got to do with technical support?
The point of the exercise is to offer flexibility and choice and to show that there are alternatives out there to the Microsoft offerings
Things must be very quiet at your end
11th May 2012, 12:00 PM #14
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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11th May 2012, 12:01 PM #15
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