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10 Open Source Education Tools

By John | April 2, 2008


Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. I use Audacity to edit my podcasts.


CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer. It can also create industry-standard AVI video files, and its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs). Camstudio can be used as an alternative to Camtasia and Captivate


VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms (95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP) licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but it is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.


Open source free mind mapping software.


Docebo is an Open Source e-Learning platform (LMS and LCMS) used in corporate and higher education markets. The Platform supports 12 languages, is compliant to the SCORM 1.2 standard, and can support different didactic models.


Dimdim is the world´s first free web meeting service based on the open source platform. Dimdim is a browser-based web 2.0 service that allows anybody to share his or her desktop, show slides, as well as talk, listen, chat, and broadcast via webcam.


Moodle is a course management system (CMS) – a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles to help educators create effective online learning communities.


The Edubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to schools through its customised school environment. The current version of Edubuntu is aimed at classroom use, and future versions of Edubuntu will expand to other educational usage, such as university use.


Everything should be in wiki format. IMHO, wiki is becoming the common language of the web. I know there are a lot of Wiki processing applications; I have chosen MediaWiki as my common formating tool.


Python is not my language of choice. I prefer Ruby. Python is clearly ubiquitous in education, thought, and it’s open source and free.

Topics: ope source, open source education, opensource | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “10 Open Source Education Tools”

  1. Steve Says:
    April 3rd, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks for the mention John. We’re pretty excited about all the educational uses for Dimdim and we love the open source community. We’re constantly improving the Dimdim Open Source edition, and we’re opening up our private hosted beta to the public in less than 2 weeks, so check or website often!


  2. Language Hub Says:
    April 4th, 2008 at 12:19 am


    Thanks for the informative blog.

  3. Siva Ganken Says:
    April 6th, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Couple more to the list
    Centre SIS
    – Great student information system
    – Helps manage students, timetables, subjects etc
    – Web based with access for parents, students, teachers

    – Learning management system
    – Web based developed in Java
    – Manages students, subjects, courses
    – Helps publish subject contents to students.

  4. Vicky Says:
    April 6th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for the list. It’s good to know there are so many that deal with education.

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