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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.

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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.
Rob

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.
Jeff

April 08 session
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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.

The article in their FAQs is something that I recommend to friends who are installing these programs to clarify the issue. http://spybot.com/en/faq/4.html

Thanks to knowmate Mike McLeod for sharing these resources

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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:
  1. Panda's ActiveScan. I mostly use the paid Pro edition.  It catches problem files that even Norton misses.
  2. Trend Micro's HouseCalls

Thanks to Mike M  for this posting                       Sept06
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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.)
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http://www.grisoft.com

 

Grisoft is in the business of selling antivirus software so you have to dig a little to find the free download for home use. AVG Free Edition is available to home users only. Use of AVG Free Edition within any commercial organization, school, church or charity is prohibited.

Their website describes the features:

  • Rapid virus database updates for the lifetime of the product

  • Easy of use

  • No system slow down

  • Automatic update functionality

  • A resident shield, which provides real-time protection as files are opened and programs are run

  • An e-mail scanner, which protects your e-mail

  • An on-demand scanner, which allows you to perform scheduled and manual tests

  • A virus vault for safe isolation and handling of infected files

The free version of AVG is widely used and there are no major complaints other than the size of the update files for those on dialup.

They provide nicely written online

reference guide for the product.

thanks to knowmate Therese Weel for this resource                 April06