65 Open Source Apps That Replace Popular Education Software: Page 2

Open source education apps for art, chemistry, geography, foreign language and more. Plus: open source education games.
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Flashcards

17. FlashQard Replaces Flash Card Manager, studyPerfect, WinFlash

FlashQard uses the Leitner method of presenting flashcards, which focuses your time and attention on the facts that you haven't yet mastered. There are several pre-made sets of cards available and it also supports the KDE vocabulary sets used for Parley. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

18. jVLT Replaces Flash Card Manager, studyPerfect, WinFlash

Java-based jVLT is a flashcard program specifically designed to help users learn the vocabulary for a foreign language. You can download flashcard sets for learning a number of different languages, including German-Czech, English-Czech, Finnish-Russian, Czech-English, German-Czech, German-French, Thai-English, Spanish-French, French-English, and practical Chinese reading. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

19. The Mnemosyne Project Replaces Flash Card Manager, studyPerfect, WinFlash

This flashcard app boasts an intuitive interface, support for foreign alphabets and scientific symbols, an efficient scheduling algorithm and three-sided flashcards, which are helpful for learning a foreign language. It's available in a mobile version, and if you use the program, you also have the option of uploading your usage statistics so they can be incorporated into a research project studying long-term memory. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, BlackBerry.

20. Pauker Replaces Flash Card Manager, studyPerfect, WinFlash

Pauker is designed to help you exercise your ultra-short-term, short-term, and long-term memory. It's Java-based and works on smartphones and other mobile devices, as well as desktops and laptops. Operating System: OS Independent.

21. Parley Replaces Flash Card Manager, studyPerfect, WinFlash

KDE's vocabulary training program works like a traditional flashcard program, but gives you the option of creating other types of tests, like mixed letters (anagrams), multiple choice, conjugation tests, synonym/antonym tests, fill in the blank and more. You can also find a very extensive library of pre-made cards for Parley at KDE for Windows. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

22. Anki Replaces Flash Card Manager, studyPerfect, WinFlash

Anki supports images, audio, videos and scientific markup, so you can use it to memorize anything from names and faces, geography, vocabulary, information for medical or law exams or even guitar chords. It also works with most mobile OSes, so you can use it on your smartphone or tablet. Operating System: OS Independent.

Geography

23. WorldWind Replaces Google Earth

WorldWind was originally packaged to be very similar to Google Earth. The link here takes you to an SDK that allows you to incorporate WorldWind into your own apps. It also includes links to several interesting apps that use WorldWind. Operating System: OS Independent.

24. Marble Replaces Google Earth

Another KDE app, Marble is a combination atlas/virtual globe that integrates with Wikipedia so that students can learn more about places that interest them. It also includes topographic maps, a satellite view, street maps, earth at night and temperature and precipitation maps, and many teachers find it useful in the classroom. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Library

25. VuFind Replaces Alexandria, ResourceMate, Surpass, Mandarin Library Automation

Designed and developed "by libraries for libraries," VuFind aims to make searching your library's catalog easy and intuitive. Key features include modular design, faceted results, "more like this" suggestions, author biographies and more. Operating System: OS Independent.

26. LibLime Koha Replaces Alexandria, ResourceMate, Surpass, Mandarin Library Automation

Koha humbly describes itself as "the most functionally advanced open source ILS on the market today." A variety of paid services, including hosting, support, implementation and consulting are also available on the site. Operating System: OS Independent.

27. OpenBiblio Replaces Alexandria, ResourceMate, Surpass, Mandarin Library Automation

This automated library system includes online public access catalog (OPAC), circulation, cataloging, and staff administration functionality. It's not as full-featured as some of the other library apps, but it gets the job done, and the site has lots of documentation. Operating System: OS Independent.

Logic/Debate

28. Argumentative Replaces Rationale

Similar to mind-mapping software, this argument-mapping software helps students see the connections between various points in an argument or an essay. It's ideal for logic, debate, social studies, English and other classes that help students develop critical thinking skills. Operating System: Windows.

Math

29. Sage Replaces Visual Math, Mathematica

This app brings together more than 100 other open source math tools – including tools for studying basic algebra, calculus, number theory, cryptography, numerical computation, commutative algebra, group theory, combinatorics, graph theory and exact linear algebra -- into a single download. It's best for more advanced users who are comfortable working from the command line, although it does also offer a very basic Web interface. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

30. Genius Replaces Visual Math, Mathematica

Genius can solve and/or graph a wide variety of mathematical expressions and functions, including calculus, linear algebra, modular arithmetic, statistics, number theory and more. It can also handle arbitrary precision integers, multiple precision floats, rational numbers, complex numbers, and it even tries to make sense of any "math-like-looking" expressions that you enter. Operating System: Linux, OS X.

31. Scilab Replaces Visual Math, Mathematica

Used by many industrial engineers and university researchers, Scilab can perform hundreds of mathematical operations. It also comes with an API for those who want to use its capabilities to create their own applications. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

32. GraphCalc Replaces Visual Math, Mathematica

Why buy a handheld graphing calculator, when GraphCalc will do all the same things (and more) for free. According to the website, "GraphCalc can be your first, last, and only line of offense against the mathematics that threaten to push you over the brink of insanity. It slices, dices, shreds and purees functions that leave other calculators wondering what hit them." Operating System: Windows, Linux.


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