FOSS Applications For Educational Purposes!!!

With recession on its peak budgets of educational institutions are tighting up, it only makes sense that many schools/colleges are turning to Linux and open source software(for example ANDC) to save money. Its not only for saving money but also to promote FOSS and provide students(espically Computer Science students) an exposure to open source softwares so that they can learn how programming is done in the outside world. Most people have no idea how many outstanding educational applications there are for the Linux operating system. Here is a list of some of the softwares :

1. FET

If you are running a School or a College then you will find FET to be very useful for you. FET is a free timetabling software which will help you to automatically schedule the timetable of a school or a college. The interface is very neat which will help you to do your tasks. It uses a heuristic algorithm to take these things into consideration: days per week, hours, subjects, activities, teachers, years, groups, subgroups, buildings, rooms, and time/space constraints. FET is available for Linux, Windows, and OS X.

2. Open Admin for Schools

Open Admin for Schools is a Web-based school administration package. Open Admin does demographics, attendance, discipline, report cards, and has an online gradebook and parent viewing function. It generates plain HTML and uses LaTeX for PDF generation. It also includes special education and division-wide central office modules (all schools run on the same server with different virtual sites; two sites per school, one for teachers, and one for the office). Parent functions are by separate parent/school site.

3. ATutor

ATutor is a standards-compliant Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS) designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind. Administrators can install or update ATutor in minutes and customize it with their own look and feel. Educators can quickly retrieve repository content, assemble, package, and redistribute their own content, and conduct their courses online. Students learn in an adaptive learning environment.

4. Online Grades

Online Grades is a program that allows student grades to be posted onto a dynamic Web site. Online Grades is not a Web-based gradebook. Instead, it accepts grade export information from several popular gradebook software programs (such as Easy Grade Pro, Gradekeeper, Misty City’s Grade Machine, and PGGP) and places the grade information online securely. Online Grades was originally based on the SourceForge project Basmati, and backward compatibility has been maintained.

5. Edubuntu

Edubuntu is a Linux distribution geared specifically for educational environments. It includes educational software, tools, content, and themes. Edubuntu is based on Ubuntu. The applications that ship with Edubuntu include Dia, GCompris, Gobby, Gnu Paint, Inkscape, iTalc, kalgebra, Kalzium, Kbruch, Kig, and kmplot, among others. For anyone looking for an education-focused operating system, Edubuntu certainly makes the grade.