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I am involved in a multiple intelligences camp this summer and my role is to introduce students to interesting, useful, educational software. It must be open source/free so that students can use it at home without incurring any cost. So far I have: Audacity Google SketchUp Windows movie maker (not free but loaded on just about every PC) We are a PC environment and, as such, are limited to applications that run on these machines. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Russ

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Jim McCullough's picture

Check out abandonware sites for Windows and Mac. These are commercial titles that are no longer supported by the companies that originally produced them. In some case, they may require the use of some type of emulator if they were produced to run on older operating systems. Many educational titles available including some great simulations.

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I wish someone would resurrect some of the old MECC titles. That was some fabulous educational software. Also some of the older Tom Snyder stuff was sensational such as Snooper Troops, a great deductive reasoning simulation.

Laurie Stokes's picture

have you tried searching for open source software. we use a variety of Linux programs at home that are just as good or better than commercial product, and with just a bit of adjusting, will run most all of their stuff as well.

Jacque's picture

I use Pivot ( a 3D animation site) in my middle school English class. This site allows those students interested in 3D animation to combine their interest with grammar and other aspects in my English class. They love it!

Joanne Finnegan's picture

I'm trying to find our Vermont Open Source Guru's page - will send that later, but for now, here are some other ideas:

Scratch (programming)
Gimp (photo editing)
Picasa (photo sharing and editing)
Google Earth
Google Maps (see Google Lit Trips online for an integration idea)
Photostory3 for Windows (free add on, you need Windows)
Inkscape (Drawing)
Skype (free video phone calls)

You can also look at this website:

Good luck!

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