Penn Manor School District has deployed over 1600 Ubuntu desktops and laptops. Based on our experiences, we are starting a list of interesting Linux and open source applications for education. Additions are welcomed. If you have an open source application suggestion for schools, please leave a comment.
Free audio editor and recorder: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
A virtual classroom with video, whiteboard, chat and desktop sharing: http://www.bigbluebutton.org.
Blender is a powerful 3D drawing and animation program: http://www.blender.org.
An elegant open source code editor for web designers and front-end developers: http://brackets.io/
Career Day Sorting Program
A web applications supporting student sign up and sorting for Career Day style events. Algorithm and code developed by Andrew Lobos, UX Design by Ben Thomas, both students at Penn Manor High School. Available on GitHub: https://github.com/4ndr3w/CareerDaySorting.
Craft your next script, play or comic book with this versatile writing tool: http://www.celtx.com.
A groovy multi-platform music player: http://www.clementine-player.org/
Write without distraction. FocusWriter helps students and teachers stay focused on the task at hand. http://gottcode.org/focuswriter/
Similar to the “Jump Start” titles, GCompris offers a suite of engaging activities for math, language arts, science and other subjects. http://gcompris.net/
Geometry and Algebra software for learning and teaching. http://www.geogebra.org/
A rich photo editing and manipulation program and can serve as full replacement for Adobe Photoshop. http://www.gimp.org/
Useful podcast manager; manage subscriptions across multiple devices: http://gpodder.org/
A powerful and easy to use personal and small-business financial-accounting package. http://www.gnucash.org/
An advanced drum machine for Linux: http://www.hydrogen-music.org/
Similar to Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape is a powerful vector image editing program. http://inkscape.org/
Simple desktop video and audio recorder. A great tool for creating tutorial or training videos. https://launchpad.net/kazam.
The first free and open library automation program: http://koha-community.org.
Play with math, programming, music, and art in this powerful learning environment: http://www.kogics.net/kojo
An excellent, no-cost replacements for Microsoft Office. The program includes high-quality word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and equation editing tools. http://www.libreoffice.org
Free cross-platform music notation software: http://musescore.org
Create digital paintings with this slick application, works with pressure sensitive tablets: http://mypaint.intilinux.com/
With an easy-to-use but feature-rich interface, OpenShot is a rising star in video editing. http://www.openshot.org/
A traditional 2D animation and cartooning application: http://www.pencil-animation.org.
Professional page layout, design and publishing: http://www.scribus.net
An open unified communication and PBX system by the SIPFoundry community. Free yourself from proprietary phones: http://www.sipfoundry.org.
An outstanding, free planetarium program. http://www.stellarium.org
Shutter is a screenshot tool used to capture a full screen, window or portion of the desk top. http://shutter-project.org
A programming language and environment for students. Consider Scratch as an alternative to tiresome PowerPoint presentation assignments: http://scratch.mit.edu.
Sweet Home 3D
Interior design program: http://www.sweethome3d.com/
TuxType offers a fun introduction to typing for young students. Like commercial programs such as Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, students learn keyboarding while playing interactive games.
An alternative to Kid Pix, Tux Paint is a creative drawing program for kids. Students may use stamps, magic wands and other colorful tools to create works of art suitable for hanging on any refrigerator door.
A specialty built Linux distribution for schools, Ubermix is an outstanding turn-key OS for educators and students: http://www.ubermix.org.
More than the world’s best blogging engine, WordPress is your first step to publishing nirvana: http://wordpress.org.
An application for notetaking, sketching, and keeping a journal, use this for marking up PDF files: http://xournal.sourceforge.net/