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Page history last edited by PBworks 15 years, 7 months ago

This wiki was started as a place where we (Alec, Heather and Rob) could plan our Open Thinking Booth for the 2006 SACE conference. We decided early on that we would share this wiki with anyone who cares to have a look.


On this wiki you will find a list of resources that we, as educators, find useful. If you have any comments or suggestion please contact us through our blogs (see "Who Are We"). Check back here for changes as new programs become available or to our attention.


If you want a better idea of what all of this open source stuff is all about, check out this "Understanding Open Source" link. It may help.


General Sites For Free Stuff

Ubuntu Live CD

Software for Starving Students.

The Open CD

Open Source Mac - Free Open-Source Software for Mac.

Open Source Windows - Free Open-Source Software for Windows.

Open Source Apps at educationaltechnology.ca


Individual Applications and Resources

Below are links to individual programs and other resources that you may find useful.


Web Browsers

for anyone tired of a browser that leaves their computer vulnerable to malware


Camino - Mac only, based on same technology as Firefox

Opera - free, but not open source; many advanced features


Email clients

for anyone tired of an email client that is insecure

Thunderbird - brought to you by the same people who made Firefox

Opera web browser also has a built in email client


File Transfer

Filezilla - FTP client, Windows only.

CyberDuck - FTP client, Mac OS X only.


Graphics/Image Editing

GIMP - the GNU Image Manipulation Program. A great alternative to photoshop

GIMPshop - what if GIMP looked like Photoshop? Here's the answer. Basically a free version of Photoshop







Cmap Tools - For creating concept maps.

Freemind - free mind mapping software

Open Office

Neo Office - an Macintosh version of Open Office

Abiword - standalone word processor


Programming/Computer Science

MSW Logo

UCB Logo


Web-development / Blogging





Other Programs

Journler - Can be password protected. Great for keeping a journal, organizing resources and notes for a paper and blogging from your desktop. (Mac only)

Skype - Free tool for messaging and audio conferencing.


Web-Based Applications

Edublogs - Free blogs for educators and students.

PBwiki - What this wiki is created in and hosted on. There are free options.

Wikispaces - They recently set a goal of 100,000 wikis to educators. (there is an ad-free option for K-12 education)

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