Freeware



"Freeware (from "free" and "software") is computer software that is available for use at no cost or for an optional fee. The opposite of Freeware is payware."
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Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.Source

We have been working with scratch for a few years now. Students have created animations to present their Halloween stories and personal Stories. They have also created games.



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Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others. Source

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K-12 educators and students from all over the world use SketchUp to explore, explain and present their ideas using 3D models. Source
During their Social Studies unit of Ancient American Civilizations, grade 5 students replicated Mayan, Aztec and Inca pyramids.


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Pyramids (5D)

Sketch up was also used by grade 4 students to create their Ideal Classroom (Students identified what helped them learn better, then chose items related to their preferences)

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My Ideal Classroom (4A)




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Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • And more! See the complete list of features. Source



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"It's up to you to save and rebuild the island of Sheylan.

THE GAME

A major crisis has developed in the Indian Ocean, on the island of Sheylan. We’re sending in a new team to step up the World Food Programme’s presence there and help feed millions of hungry people." Source




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"Learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Play alone or with friends in on-line multiplayer missions, explore the wilderness, hunt elk, and encounter stranger wolves in your quest to find a mate. Ultimately—in Episode 2, coming in 2009—your success will depend on forming a family pack, raising pups, and ensuring the survival of your pack.

The WolfQuest experience goes beyond the game with an active online community where you can discuss the game with other players, chat with wolf biologists, and share artwork and stories about wolves." Source