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Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.
Thanks for the heads up. I am aware of Alice and I like it, but so far have not been able to get a student interest. ON the other hand, they seem to love the simplicity and are having a blast with Pivot stick figure animator which is very easy to get addicted to and can be a good stimulus for creativity.
How about Google Sketchup? Indeed, the whole suite of google tools for educators (documents, google earth/sky, etc.) seem to be a must add on.
I've read a number of posts flaming google for their "save everything" philosophy and fears that they will sell off all your personal info some day. Although I doubt that will happen, I suppose it's a possibility. What do others think? To me that would be the only possible negative to embracing the all powerful google machine.
April 08 session
Many times your get programs or web applications for free, but at the price of tracking cookies, etc. I like to use Lavasoft's Adware, Spybot Search & Destroy and Microsoft Defender as my constant companions on the Web, and they are all free. However, I am a firm believer that if you use Lavasoft and Spyware, it is a good idea to support them with some cash to help support their further development.
Thanks to knowmate Mike McLeod for sharing these resources
spyware is always a issue when surfing the net. Many times you get programs or web applications for free, but at the price of tracking cookies, etc. I like to use Lavasoft's Adware, Spybot Search & Destroy and Microsoft Defender as my constant companions on the Web, and they are all free. However, I am a firm believer that if you use Lavasoft and Spyware, it is a good idea to support them with some cash to help support their further development.
The two free online Web virus scanners I use are:
Thanks to Mike M for this posting Sept06
Source page: http://www.audacity.sourceforge.net
"Open source software for recording and editing sounds....developed under GNU (General Public License)". (Will be back after setting preferneces for Mozilla so I can copy and paste.)
find any of your files, emails, pictures, ... easily and instantly
one feature of the opensource philosophy is an open structure for development of tools/materials/programs
this development is created through the efforts of a variety of individuals working together and then sharing under an open source licence
if you are looking for icons - check out the Crystal Project:
Currently, the Crystal Project, has more than 1300 icons in six different sizes, divided into the following categories: Actions, Apps, Files Systems, Devices and Mime Types. Get to know the complete theme, please, click on the Downloads section.
is the Open Source web conferencing company.
With Dimdim you can show Presentations, Applications and Desktops to any other person over the internet. You can chat, show your webcam and talk with others in the meeting
At the moment it is available for I.E 6 and Firefox 1.5
A free software for learning and collaboration
Dokeos is an Open Source elearning and course management web application translated in 34 languages and helping more than 1.000 organisations worldwide to manage learning and collaboration activitie
thanks to knowmate Andreas Buesing for this opensource tool Sept06
The eLearning XHTML editor (eXe) is a web-based authoring environment designed to assist teachers and academics in the design, development and publishing of web-based learning and teaching materials without the need to become proficient in HTML, XML or complicated web-publishing applications.
The eXe project was conceived to address the use of technology in the design and authoring of learning resources for the web. Initial research showed that while there are many web authoring tools available their usability and sophistication varied considerably. We identified the need for a tool to specifically assist teachers and academics to publish professional looking web pages according to the structure and form required for good teaching, and in such a way that this content could be integrated with existing LMS applications.
Thanks to knowmate Andreas Buesing for recommending this opensource tool