Free education software

MOODLE

Moodle is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It has become very popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. To work, it needs to be installed on a web server somewhere, either on one of your own computers or one at a web hosting company.

What is Moodle?

The focus of the Moodle project is always on giving educators the best tools to manage and promote learning, but there are many ways to use Moodle:

   - Moodle has features that allow it to scale to very large deployments and hundreds of thousands of students, yet it can also be used for a primary school or an education hobbyist.
   - Many institutions use it as their platform to conduct fully online courses, while some use it simply to augment face-to-face courses (known as blended learning).
   - Many of our users love to use the activity modules (such as forums, databases and wikis) to build richly collaborative communities of learning around their subject matter (in the social constructionist tradition), while others prefer to use Moodle as a way to deliver content to students (such as standard SCORM packages) and assess learning using assignments or quizzes.


Gcompris

GCompris is a high quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Below you can find a list of categories with some of the activities available in that category.

-  computer discovery: keyboard, mouse, different mouse gesture, ...
-  algebra: table memory, enumeration, double entry table, mirror image, ...
-  science: the canal lock, the water cycle, the submarine, electric simulation ...
-  geography: place the country on the map
-  games: chess, memory, connect 4, oware, sudoku ...
-  reading: reading practice
-  other: learn to tell time, puzzle of famous paintings, vector drawing, cartoon making, ...

Currently GCompris offers in excess of 100 activities and more are being developed. GCompris is free software, that means that you can adapt it to your own needs, improve it and, most importantly, share it with children everywhere.


eFront

Welcome! We are here to satisfy your training needs and help your organization be more efficient and more productive. With eFront you will discover new ways to perform training tasks easier and faster, while keeping your people actively engaged and in shape. The community edition is offered as open-source and free software so you can download and start using it immediately. Check the functionality matrix for specialized commercial editions for Small companies, Educational institutes and Enterprises.

A short list of eFront highlights:

   - Easy to use - explanation eFront was built with the end user in mind. The interface is natural, and easy to navigate. Most options are self-explanatory.
   - Visually attractive - explanation You will appreciate our aesthetic features. We didn't want to build "just another eLearning tool". We built the most beautiful eLearning tool.
   - Technologically advanced - explanation eFront is an Object-oriented, Ajax powered, Unicode, LDAP and SCORM (1.2 and 2004/4th edition) supporting, multilingual eLearning platform.
   - Pedagogical concepts - explanation Integrated to eFront are sound pedagogical concepts that guide users and keep them motivated.
   - Open Source and Professionally Supported - explanation All editions of eFront are offered with their source code. You may download the community edition for free, customize it to your needs, add new functionality and share it with the community. Although distributed as open source, eFront is being supported by a professional team of skilled developers.
   - Complete - explanation eFront includes a wide variety of components that help you create your lesson structure and add content, build online-tests, communicate with others, track users history and progress, conduct surveys, assign projects, and create certifications. And this is only the beginning…


JClic

JClic is a set of free software applications licensed under the GNU General Public License that are used for carrying out different types of educational activities: puzzles, associations, text exercises, crosswords, scrambled letters, etc. It's developed in the Java platform and works on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris systems.


FlightGear

The FlightGear flight simulator project is an open-source, multi-platform, cooperative flight simulator development project. Source code for the entire project is available and licensed under the GNU General Public License.

The goal of the FlightGear project is to create a sophisticated flight simulator framework for use in research or academic environments, for the development and pursuit of other interesting flight simulation ideas, and as an end-user application. We are developing a sophisticated, open simulation framework that can be expanded and improved upon by anyone interested in contributing.

There are many exciting possibilities for an open, free flight sim. We hope that this project will be interesting and useful to many people in many areas.


STAR Projects

The STAR program at MIT seeks to bridge the divide between scientific research and the classroom. Understanding and applying research methods in the classroom setting can be challenging due to time constraints and the need for advanced equipment and facilities. The multidisciplinary STAR team collaborates with faculty from MIT and other educational institutions to design software exploring core scientific research concepts. The goal of STAR is to develop innovative and intuitive teaching tools for classroom use.

STAR educational tools are FREELY available. To complement our educational software, the STAR website contains curriculum components/modules which can facilitate the use of STAR educational tools in a variety of educational settings. Students, teachers, and professors should feel welcome to download software and curriculum modules for their own use. We welcome your comments and feedback as you explore these educational tools.