Educational software for Linux

Linux has an excellent selection of educational software for children and adults. Here are my observations on those titles I've had an opportunity to install and watch people use. …

Childsplay: A suite of educational games for younger children. Localized into several languages.

Gcompris: A suite of over 100 activities for ages 2 to 10. Localized into over 40 languages. Administrative module allows for customization and tracking appropriate for schools.

GRE Tools: A vocabulary building tool, consisting of a synonym quiz, a word guessing game and a word browser. It automatically remembers the words you had difficulty with and lets you revise them. Gnome/GTK.

Pysycache: Activities to teach mouse manipulation skills to children ages 4 to 7. Localized into several languages. Extensible through downloadable themes and topics available on the project website. Not yet fully tested. TODO: Does not work out of the box on Mandriva 2008.1; need to document how to set it up. See the PDF manual that comes with the package.

TuxMath: A math tutor for children in arcade game style. Appropriate for grade 1 through low junior high.

Tux Paint: A drawing program for children ages 3 to 12. Localized into several languages. Works fine on slow computers. The optional package tuxpaint-stamps adds additional images and is recommended.

TuxType: A typing tutor to reinforce typing skills in arcade game style. Does not teach typing; it provides practice for the student who has been taught the basics. For teaching the basics, Ktouch and Gtypist have been recommended. TuxType is localized into several languages. TODO: Look into difference between packages tuxtype vs. tuxtype2; I have tested the former, which works well.


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3 Responses to Educational software for Linux

  1. anonymous says:

    Jeb Kratzig writes:Thanks! I've been trying to find good educational software for my kids (to run on Linux) and it's been harder than I hoped. Looking forward to checking out these programs.Jeb Kratzig

  2. wpost says:

    Glad to help. Please give a shout back with anything you find to be worth adding here.

  3. anonymous says:

    Jeb Kratzig writes:Will Do! – Although I'm not finding a lot more.Jeb

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