Free & Open Source Software


Free & Open Source Software

Discussions geared toward the use of FLOSS.

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Free (Libre) Open Source Software (FLOSS) holds a tremendous potential for K-12 education. By using Free and Open Source Software, schools can:

* Save money on their classroom and back-office programs
* Use programs that can be freely-copied and shared with students
* Customize programs for specific needs
* Provide teachers and students with an introduction to the world of collaborative software building

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Free Teacher Resource Portal

Started by ewa777. Last reply by Benjamin Levy Dec 11, 2013. 3 Replies

I was wondering if anyone has some great database websites of where to find a plethora of free resources for teachers related to FLOSS or just Free tools. My wife and I created (No Teacher…Continue

Tags: Tools, Software, Source, Open, Free

HASTAC Announces New Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition

Started by mdailey Nov 17, 2011. 0 Replies

*********PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY********* HASTAC Announces New Teacher Mastery and Feedback Badge Competition HASTAC is proud to announce a new…Continue

Tags: assessment, feedback, badges, learning, media


Started by Dan Sherman. Last reply by Ann-Jeannette Estrada Oct 4, 2011. 2 Replies

Hi,  TenMarks has launched a math practice and learning program for grades 3 - High School and as of today, it’s FREE for teachers to use in class or for their students to use at home.The TenMarks…Continue

Tags: Classroom, Math, Resources, Teachers, Education

Interactive Quiz Software for Lab

Started by Erin. Last reply by Student Lanka Aug 26, 2011. 9 Replies

Hi again! I've had some really good input and gotten some great resources from this site so I'm hoping to get lucky once again. Our school is moving towards interactive whiteboards in all classrooms…Continue

Why use MS Office anymore on student lab machines??

Started by Matt Montagne. Last reply by Barry Bakin May 25, 2011. 29 Replies

With the host of simple, free and powerful client apps (eg OpenOffice) and web based apps (google suite), what are the advantages of continuing to pay annual seating fees for MS Office on our…Continue

Is there something else I can use besides Skype?

Started by leewin. Last reply by Grace Gorman May 1, 2011. 12 Replies

IT people in our division don't like using Skype because it is incredibly bandwidth intensive. Is there an alternative option so that I can do interesting videoconferencing projects with other…Continue

Alternative Screen Capture and Graphics Apps

Started by Stephen A. Schneiter. Last reply by Shawn Turner Feb 14, 2011. 5 Replies

Does anyone have an alternative application for screen captures other than SnagIT?  SnagIT is great but I was hoping to find something comparable that is free and opensource.  I have tried…Continue

Tags: screen, capture, Camtasia, SnagIT, editor

Jim Klein's Ubuntu-Netbook initiative

Started by Urko M. Dec 13, 2010. 0 Replies

I just found out about this while looking for information on netbooks in schools:…Continue

Material for promotion for a Linux/Ubuntu laptop pilot group at my school

Started by Urko M. Nov 24, 2010. 0 Replies

Hi everyone,I will be in charge of promoting a pilot group of Ubuntu laptops during next school year.I need to prepare some presentations/demos/hands-on lab sessions that can trigger interest among…Continue

Looking for suggestions for software tool - Please can you help me?

Started by Julie Elkan. Last reply by Julie Elkan May 26, 2010. 4 Replies

I'm a technology integration specialist and I want to help a 5th grade teacher . She's going tp  Alaska and wants her students to respond to questions about video and photos she posts online . She…Continue

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Comment by Alan Hodson on March 26, 2008 at 6:51pm
I am wondering if there is a use for a service that personilizes the wonderful OS software available as an .ISO download from Let me explain: I am involved with a local community effort to provide low and medium income families loans for PC acquisitions (HP/Intel/WellsFargo,etc) and one of the offers is a PC without any software (other than XP) where the El Paso Collaborative (where I volunteer) provides the Open Source Software CD, customized from the address above. Thus, splash screens, credits and links all have been customized to promote our local effort (PR really) while the product is still the meat and potatoes (and they know about EPC). If anybody might want to look at a customized image, I can direct them to the project's repository. The idea is offering a very cool CD while being able to promote your own cause.

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