Free Instructional Applications
Articles under category: Free Instructional Applications.
Slide presentation software, such as OpenOffice/LibreOffice Impress, is becoming very popular and useful in education whether in aid of traditional lecture method or as stand-alone learning module. Here, I presented tips on how your can make better presentation for your class.
KAlgebra is a graphing calculator available as FOSS and can be downloaded through Ubuntu Software Center. It can graph in 2D: y = f(x) or in 3D: z = f(x,y). It has excellent features in 2D graphs but have plenty of rooms for improvement in 3D graphs.
One function Stellarium lacks is the capability to print the star chart on paper. The easiest way to print is to get the screenshot of Stellarium, embed it in word processor, and then print. However, we need to be sure that all visible celestial bodies on the time and place of stargazing will be visible in the map. We also need to consume less ink in printing Stellarium.
One of the most intellectually stimulating activities in science lessons is the stargazing. Aside from telescope, the other important tool in a stargazing session is the starmap or star chart. Today, starmaps are mostly software programs and I would personally recommend the use of one particular program: Stellarium, a free and open source software star chart.
One excellent way of providing essay work to students is by asking them to submit a soft copy in Open Document Format Text (ODT) and do the proofreading and editing work using OpenOffice/LibreOffice Writer with Record Changes enabled. Your students can easily compare their original work with your revisions.
LibreOffice and OpenOffice looks and functions almost similar. They even have the same set of names for their programs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Base, Draw and Math. Allow me to clarify what’s the difference and what’s the connection between these two free and open source office suites.
Part V of serial post about formatting cell data in OpenOffice / LibreOffice Calc. This post is about formatting date and time as seen in the cells. Format codes that are used in date and time is discussed extensively in this entry.
Part IV of serial post about formatting cell data in OpenOffice / LibreOffice Calc. This entry is about formatting currency or money. The red and other color(s) formatting for negative numbers is also discussed in this post.
Part III of serial post about formatting cell data in OpenOffice / LibreOffice Calc. This entry is about formatting cell data as fractions, percentages and scientific notations.
Part II of serial post about formatting cell data in OpenOffice / LibreOffice Calc. This entry is about formatting numbers in general and the meaning of Format code made of zeroes and hashes. Also discussed are the different formats of thousands separator and decimal marker.