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Qualities of effective lead teachers
Strategic planning overview
Goal setting and implementing
Reaching the reluctants
Rationale and overview
Managing Equipment and purchasing
School management systems
Software for schools
Ideas for Classrooms
Ideas and links by level
Using Web 2.0
Cyber Safety Issues
Overview of cyber safety
Resources for schools
Software for schools
Software options for schools
Software licences can be very expensive so you do need to be careful when buying and you have to provide enough support so that the software is actually used.
Freeware, Shareware and online tools
The first thing to be aware of is that there are many great FREE options around. There are a number of websites that list great free software for schools and Here is a list of some of them (and for online tools see the web 2.0 page of the wiki):
Educational software and web 2.0
- one of mine with a huge number of links to free options for schools
The Free Mac
- a website set up by a teacher showing freeware for Macs that can be used in education
MOE Software for Learning
- excellent site with details on software for schools including where to get it (and purchase it for those that cost)
- A catalogue of open source tools for education.
- A list of downloadable and online applications and activities.
K12 Open Source Software
- An excellent wiki with information on a range of open source software options for schools to investigate.
Some of my favourite freeware is: Anything Google, GIMP and Cmap.
Software that costs money
However, you will need to pay at times. Check out the
MOE Software for Learning site
to see if there are any deals that they have negotiated with companies and to see who are the local suppliers. There is also info on paid software on my Educational software and web 2.0 wiki.
Innes Kennard has also negotiated excellent deals for both Comic Life ($4 a machine) and I Can Animate ($10 a machine) both of which are now available on both platforms. I have uploaded the flyers for both these deals for you to download and send to Innes.
Comic Life license flyer.doc
ICA licence flyer.doc
My top list of paid software that I like to work with is: Kidpix, Comic Life and Clicker 5
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