50 Open Source Tools That Replace Popular Education Apps: Page 4

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37. BibleTime replaces Logos

While it doesn't have as many Bible study tools as Logos, BibleTime does provide access to more than 200 Bible texts, commentaries, and related books from the Crosswire Bible Society. You can read the text or commentaries straight through or use the handy search and cross-reference features. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

38. Xiphos replaces Logos

Xiphos offers access to the same types of resources as BibleTime with a more user-friendly interface and a few more features. It offers a tabbed display, read-aloud capabilities, and the ability to create your own modules for journals, prayer lists, etc. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

39. Zekr replaces Al-Qari Plus

Zekr lets you read and search the text of the Qu'ran in English or Arabic. Helpful extensions read the Qu'ran aloud and provide additional translations. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

Report Authoring

40. WIKINDX replaces EndNote, Biblioscape

Used by some of the world's leading educational institutions and other organizations, WIKINDX makes it easy to track quotes and format citations. It supports multiple style guides and many of the leading content management systems. Operating System: OS Independent.

Student Information System

41. openSIS replaces PowerSchool, Schoolmaster

Because it charges no upfront licensing feeds, the "Open Source Student Information System," or openSIS, can lower a school district's total cost of ownership by 75 percent when compared to PowerSchool or other similar systems. Like the commercial software, it integrates student demographics, gradebooks, scheduling, attendance, and more. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

42. Focus/SIS replaces PowerSchool, Schoolmaster

This newer SIS is completely Web-based and designed to make it as easy as possible to comply with state reporting requirements. It also streamlines attendance taking, scheduling, grading, and other administrative tasks. Operating System: OS Independent.

43. ClaSS replaces PowerSchool, SchoolmasterWhile it doesn't offer as many modules and features as the comparable commercial packages, ClaSS offers a teacher-centric approach that focuses on making it easy to record and access data from within the classroom. It tracks student information, attendance, and grades from a Web-based interface. Operating System: OS Independent.

44. OpenAdmin replaces PowerSchool, Schoolmaster

This Web-based school administration program offers different Web sites for administrators, teachers, parents, and liaison officers. The interface is bare-bones, but it does offer an extensive feature set and is available in multiple languages. Operating System: OS Independent.


45. TCExam replaces Exam Pro, QuestionMark

With TCExam, your students can take an exam from any PC or mobile device with a browser. It greatly simplifies test preparation and grading. You can download the code directly to your Web server or purchase a TCExam hardware appliance. Operating System: OS Independent.

46. iTest replaces Exam Pro, QuestionMark

To use this app, you first create a database of questions and answers. You can then have iTest create unique tests for each student or each group of students. While students are taking the test, it offers the instructor an overall view of what's happening. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

47. Safe Exam Browser replaces Respondus LockDown Browser

When your students are taking a test, you don't want them to be surfing the Internet or using other applications that might help them cheat. This app prevents them from leaving the test window, using shortcuts, right-clicking, etc. Operating System: Windows.


48. TuxType replaces Maevis Beacon Teaches Typing, Typing Instructor

Designed for elementary students who are learning their way around the keyboard, TuxType offers basic typing lessons and two fun typing games. This app doesn't offer quite as many games, lessons, and features as the commercial software, but it does provide a good introduction to typing for young students. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

49. Klavaro replaces Maevis Beacon Teaches Typing, Typing Instructor

Unlike many other typing programs, Klavaro makes it easy to learn to type on international and other non-standard keyboard layouts in addition to the standard QWERTY keyboard. This app includes progress tracking and a contest that can run on a local network, but it lacks some of the fun games of other apps. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

50. TypeFaster Typing Tutor replaces Maevis Beacon Teaches Typing, Typing Instructor

The interface on TypeFaster is pretty basic, but it gets the job done. Like Klavaro, TypeFaster supports multiple keyboards and languages, and it offers a "multi-user with teacher support" version that lets teachers specify which lessons students should work on each day. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

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