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On a regular basis, experts will explain how to use free and Open Source software for science teaching. If you have a software product that is free and/or Open Source, that you think should be featured here, please contact alexa.joyce@eun.org.


JFractionLab helps to understand fractions - 21 April 2010 - 
JFraction is a free program to practice doing fractions at school or at home. By visualising every step of the calculation, it really helps you to understand what fractions are.
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Create your own fractal image - 30 April 2009 - 
The Fractal Science Kit is a Windows program to generate a mathematical object called fractal. Hundreds of built-in equations, transformations, and colour controllers allow the casual user to produce stunning fractal images. For an experienced fractal developer it provides a rich...
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New games and animations in the KidsCorner Energy Education Database - 21 November 2008 - 
The KidsCorner Energy Education Database is created by ManagEnergy, an initiative of the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. It features an online database of energy education resources...
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Crayon Physics – transform your drawings into physical objects - 18 March 2008 - 
Teachers Linda Giannini and Carlo Nati from Statal Nursery School in Italy suggested us a Crayon Physics programme, in which the students get to experience what it would be like if their drawings would be magically transformed into real physical objects.
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Xplora – DVD Knoppix: make science accessible for schools - 28 August 2007 - 
The Xplora team has developed a live bootable DVD – Xplora Knoppix, based on the Linux Debian distribution and completely contained on a self booting DVD.
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KmPlot: a mathematical function plotter - 12 May 2009 - 
KmPlot is a mathematical function plotter with a powerful built-in function parser.
J. Benito Búa Ares, a mathematics teacher from Spain, looked into the programme and tells you more about its benefits.
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Gcompris: educational software - 05 February 2007 - 
GCompris is a free educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Linda Giannini, a kindergarten teacher member of the Xplora team and Carlo Nati, a teacher working at the Italian Ministry of Education, presented this software in a nursery...
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Walter Fendt's Java Applets - 22 January 2007 - 
Eleni Kyriaki teaches Science and Informatics in Brussels, Belgium, at the Greek Gymnasium/Lyceum and the European School III. She discovered the Fendt’s simulations Java Applets while surfing on the Internet seven years ago. Because she found it very useful, she has presented...
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Umbrello UML Modeller - 15 January 2007 - 
Umbrello UML Modeller is a Unified Modelling Language diagram programme available natively for Unix. It is part of the KDE Desktop Environment but works well with other desktops and programming environments. Stavros Nikou, who is an informatics teacher in secondary public schools...
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Maxima and wxMaxima, free software for maths - 12 May 2009 - 
Maxima is a computer algebra system that manipulate symbolic and numerical expressions such as differentiation, integration, systems of linear equations, vectors, matrices etc.
Palmira Ronchi, an Italian maths teacher...
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Geonext 1.51, a dynamic geometry program - 19 October 2006 - 
Geonext is a software which offers opportunities of visualisation that can not be realised with traditional construction tools. Benito Bua Ares, one of the Xplora teachers in Mathematics, gives you more information about this program.
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VMD: a cost-free molecular visualization program - 12 May 2009 - 
VMD stands for Visual Molecular Dynamics and is the name of a program which enables you to study the 3-D molcular structure of complex molecules. It is freely downloadable, but the license conditions do not permit distribution on a DVD like Xplora Knoppix.
Karl Sarnow, Xplora...
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Geogebra, a free software for maths - 05 April 2006 - 
GeoGebra is a dynamic mathematics software that joins geometry, algebra and calculus. It is aimed at secondary schools and it is developed by Markus Hohenwarter, at the University of Salzburg.
Palmira Ronchi, an Italian maths teacher tells more about this software.
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Xfig – free program for drawing - 12 October 2005 - 
Xfig is an easy to use vector drawing program with many features and easy to use. Karl Sarnow, pedagogical coordinator of Xplora, explains more about how it can be used in science teaching.
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Xoopscuola: Open Source software to design dynamic websites - 12 May 2009 - 
Xoopscuola is an open source product for easily creating dynamic websites. You can manage on the web many school services and share information between students, teachers and parents.
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GI-Knoppix: Software for science teaching - 12 May 2009 - 
GI-Knoppix is a special edition of Knoppix, a version of Linux which does not need any installation and just runs directly from CDROM. This edition of GI-Knoppix is made for science teaching. It is a free software collection to use both at school and at home.
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Grace - free software for data analysis and graphs - 16 April 2009 - 
Grace is a data analysis and plotting program, available for free. Karl Sarnow, pedagogical coordinator of Xplora, explains more about how it can be used in science teaching.
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MuPAD – A Computer Algebra System - 03 November 2005 - 
MuPad is a computer algebra system, available to download for free. It can be a very useful tool for teaching mathematics at secondary level. Karl Sarnow, pedagogical coordinator of Xplora, tells more.
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