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software (mostly Windows-based) produced in Ireland, as well as - further down the page -
subject-by-subject information regarding
Freeware for Win/Mac/Lin Desktop Computers

Here are some software titles produced in Ireland for Irish Classrooms. I receive no commission for these links! This listing is provided as a point of convenience for you, and to show that there is an Irish Education Software Sector. There may be other Titles and Suppliers whom I have accidentally omitted! Descriptions of the Titles are those provided on the relevant websites. I assume all Titles and Resellers are the 'genuine article'! Note that I reference the alternative 'App' approach (well, the 'android' side of it!) on my other site android.ict4schools.ie

At Learning Horizons - http://learninghorizons.ie/ - I located the following titles

SESE Interactive, €195

  • Award-winning designer uses proven formula to make it easy and exciting to combine the teaching of history, geography and science, so that each complements the other perfectly. Here are just some of the many modules that SESE Interactive includes: Historical Stories: 9 interactive stories from Ireland and the world with Irish pupils' artwork and original photos and complete with Irish voiceovers (even including some of the historical stories "as Gaeilge"); Civilization Grids: investigate the Aztecs, Romans and other cultures; Geography Countdown: action packed games, identifying counties, rivers etc. in the fastest possible time; Lifecycles: visually recreate each stage of the lifecycles of the butterfly, salmon and frog.

  • http://learninghorizons.ie/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=1642&category_id=167&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=194&vmcchk=1&Itemid=194

Sounds to Words, €85

The Spell Write Right Programme, €119.50

  • Produced in Association with Learning Horizons, Outside the Box Learning and the Dyslexia Association of Ireland. A powerful, games-based programme to effortlessly teach students of all ages how to understand the differences between confusing pairs of words, particulary students who have literacy difficulties or dyslexic tendancies. The Spell Write Right Programme will equip your students with clever methods, mental strategies, essential skills, problem-solving techniques and an abundance of confidence to work out the differences between common, everyday, confusing words.

  • http://learninghorizons.ie/component/virtuemart/?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&category_id=159&product_id=1125

At Rainbow Education - http://www.rainboweducation.ie - I located the following titles

eGaeilge 1, €85

  • ‘E-Gaeilge’ is a new interactive teaching resource that has been developed specifically to help teach the 10 Strand Units of Gaeilge in the primary curriculum and uses the vocabulary range featured in all popular textbooks up to third / fourth class. Everything about the software is designed to engage the pupil; instant response to input, over 400 high quality sound recordings, a simple navigation system, reward games and many other features. Being conscious of the time available during class, only 5 minutes of reward game activities are permitted before the pupil is returned to learning activities. The activities include: Multiple choice, Word Recognition, Word Searches, Spelling, Matching and Listening etc. E-Gaeilge was produced as a result of consultation with practising primary teachers and their concerns with the teaching of Irish.

  • http://www.rainboweducation.ie/index.php?route=product/product&path=48&product_id=1703

Reading Tracks 1

  • Essential for every learning support / resource teacher. Designed by 2 Irish LS Teachers and programmed in Cork by CDEG. It is designed to support and track a child’s progress in the essential skills of reading development. Pupils log in under their names and all progress across the 200 activities is tracked and saved for analysis by the teacher. If a child with a reading age of 7 successfully works through the 200 sets of learning activities in the reading tracks software, then reading age will be 11+ when they emerge out the other side of the programme. Reading Tracks was planned and developed in close consultation with experienced Irish Learning Support Teachers and will provide a full year’s work for individual pupils needing extra help in reading, spelling and word recognition skills. The programme is not age specific. “I am confident that Reading Tracks would be a valuable resource to any Special Needs, Resource Teacher or Language Teacher” – Matt Reville - Irish Learning Support Association

  • http://www.rainboweducation.ie/index.php?route=product/product&path=48&product_id=1704

The Vikings in Ireland, €19.95

  • The Vikings in Ireland is an interactive CD-ROM, written by well known tech-guru and Principal Robbie O’Leary – Sacred Heart S.N.S., Tallaght. “The key to this software is in its simplicity. A teacher has a piece of software that can teach a full history unit on an Interactive Whiteboard (or any computer)”- Simon Lewis – www.anseo.net. Robbie conceived, planned and devised this software program to enhance the teaching and the learning of this fascinating period of Irish history. It offers schools an attractive, interactive resource which can be used in a variety of ways. The program is divided into seven sections, each of which describes and explores a specific dimension of the topic. Each section is illustrated with colourful photographs, original artwork and pop-up features. All areas contain a set of varied quizzes, cloze tests and many activities which will allow users test their knowledge and understanding of the material and if successful, to print out a customised certificate testifying to their achievement. The pupils will certainly enjoy discovering the full interactive-story of the Vikings in Ireland.

  • http://www.rainboweducation.ie/index.php?route=product/product&path=48&product_id=1702

At Siopa Gaeilge - https://www.siopagaeilge.ie/ - I located the following

ABC Anois. €19.99

  • ABC Anois CD-ROM covers the alphabet, numbers 1 – 10 and over 100 curriculum-based words. Children can use the software independently or in groups led by parents or teacher. The printable worksheets and other resources reinforce learning in the classroom environ-ment. CD-ROM allows you to choose your preferred dialect. Suitable for 4 – 7 year olds.

An Chéad Choiscéim. First Steps in Irish. €20.00

  • Interactive multimedia CD-ROM for Children, a fun-filled way to start learning Irish with Oscar and Orla Octopus, 100 common nouns with cartoon illustrations, read in the three dialects. See them and hear them. Colours, numbers and sentences. Games and animations. Aimed at children in early education.

Boghaisín na bhFocal. €45.00

  • Using Boghaisín na bhFocal children can play away to their heart‘s content while learning to read Irish the whole time. There are 2 CD‘s in the package. On the Children‘s CD, there are 9 games to play up to 6 levels, cards, noughts and crosses, shopping and matching. The teacher‘s CD, has 7 games to print out including bingo, draughts and word search with games for solitaire play, games

Cormac & Órla agus Fionn Mac Cumhaill. €30.00

  • Interactive multimedia CD-ROM for Children, in English and in three dialects of Irish. The basic story is a traditional one about Fionn Mac Cumhaill, chosen and arranged with the help of the Irish Folklore Dept at UCD. Learn about Irish History, Archaeology and Nature. Aimed primarily at children in senior classes. for small groups and games for the whole class.

Tíreolaíocht le Cormac & Órla. €60.00

  • Cormac and Órla is a fun-filled way to learn about the geography of Ireland, based on the new primary school curriculum for fifth and sixth classes / on the Program of Study for Geography at Key Stage 2. There is an extensive atlas with a complete section on each county, as well as a section on the countries of Europe. Games, puzzles and quizzes based on the entire content of the CD, with the highligh being Cormac and Órla‘s virtual tour of Ireland with 28 different trips and 141 stops.

Ruairí sa Zú. €30.00

  • Children join Ruairí and his school friends on their trip to the zoo. Interactive multimedia CD-ROM; fun and educational and is read in the three dialects. Games, Jigsaw Puzzles and Quizzes about the animals. Rang 3&4.

Drochlá Ruairí. €30.00

  • Interactive multimedia CD-ROM; fun and educational and is read in the three dialects. Games, Colouring and Animations. Rang 3&4

Dora DVD‘s as Gaeilge. €20.00

Spongebob Squarepants DVD‘s as Gaeilge. €20.00

Doodlebops DVD‘s as Gaeilge. €20.00

Clifford. DVD €12.00

All of the above are listed at

Fios Feasa - at http://www.fiosfeasa.com/products.asp - have a lovely collection of titles 'as Gaeilge', such as

An Bíobla Naofa CD-Rom, €20.00

  • This is an electronic version of An Bíobla Naofa (“The Holy Bible”), as published by An Sagart. It includes the entire text, along with the introductions and commentaries. It also includes the Letters of St. Patrick, as translated by Mons. Pádraig Ó Fiannachta. There is a powerful facility to search the entire text for words or phrases. Illustrations from the Book of Kells and other sources are included, as well as Gregorian Chant by Nóirín Ní Riain and the seminarians of Thurles College.

  • http://www.fiosfeasa.com/product.asp?id=32

Geography with Cormac and Órla, €60

  • This is a fun filled way to learn about the geography of Ireland, based on the new primary school curriculum for fifth and sixth classes / on the Program of Study for Geography at Key Stage 2. There is an extensive atlas with a complete section on each county, as well as a section on the countries of Europe. There are games, puzzles and quizzes based on the entire content of the CD. But the highlight of the CD is a virtual tour throughout Ireland in the company of Cormac, Órla and Daideo. During these 28 different trips with 141 stops all over the country, they meet local people and learn about the geography, history, economy, and culture of the places they visit. Start your own journey of discovery today!

  • http://www.fiosfeasa.com/product.asp?id=42

Edware.ie - http://www.edware.ie/ - produces some fine-quality titles.
...Luke's advice is to buy from rainboweducation.ie ...he also suggested Edtech.ie but I could not see a listing there (however, I am sure you could contact this - another fine - company). There is also a Download option on each of the relevant edware pages.

Know Your Ireland, €99.00 (site)

  • Know Your Ireland helps students of all ages to expand their knowledge of Irish geography. Know Your Ireland presents users with detailed maps of Ireland which they interact with to complete quizzes, games and puzzles. Our software is developed in Ireland, with Irish teachers to support the Primary School Curriculum. Currently Know Your Ireland is used in over 1,400 schools across Ireland and is ideal to use in the classroom with your interactive whiteboard.

  • http://www.edware.ie/default.asp?content=article§ion=3&cid=9 ...Luke's advice is to buy from rainboweducation.ie (he also suggested Edtech.ie but I could not see a listing there)

Know Your Europe, €99.00 (site)

Know Your USA

  • This is our award winning software designed to help users expand their knowledge of the USA. Each geographic feature of the USA is covered in detail including regions, states, state capitals, major cities, rivers, mountains, lakes and national parks.

  • http://www.edware.ie/default.asp?content=article§ion=3&cid=57

Know Your World, €99.00 (site)

Know Your Money

  • Level 1 is designed to introduce young children to the concept of money. Developed with teachers to support the money strand of the primary curriculum, it is perfect for using with children aged 3-7 and for Learning Support and Special Needs. This software features an easy to use drag and drop coin system with random money questions and topics. Both a Euro and Pound version are available.

  • http://www.edware.ie/default.asp?content=article§ion=3&cid=77

Freeware and Shareware

This list is provided to indicate a range of software that can be installed at no cost (usually this is limited to non‐commercial use).
All downloads should be scanned with an up‐to‐date security virus checker prior to installation. I cannot take responsibility for issues that may arise nor for technical support.
Note that you may need to be logged in as 'administrator' in order to do the installations.
(F) indicates that the title is Freeware – which usually means that, for non‐commercial use, the file is free to use and share. Otherwise, the software may be free to download and use. You should check each title to see what its license conditions are. A variation on Freeware is Open Source – in this document the terms are used synonymously.
I list titles for Primary (towards the top of each list) and for Post‐Primary schools.
I have used most of the Titles myself. “Descriptions” are usually taken from the relevant website.


Leah’s Farm Paint and Play - a Colouring Book (also with Jigsaw)
Leah's Farm Paint and Play gives your child free reign to color 23 farm pictures. Each farm animal/object such as cow, donkey, horse is read aloud. Your child also will hear the name of each color whenever it's chosen. Coloring pages are saved to My Pictures, creating a gallery of your child's masterpieces. There are also 10 farm jigsaw puzzles to solve. There are 6 piece and 12 piece puzzles. When a puzzle is complete the farm animal/object is read aloud, and your child will hear the noise it makes too!

GCompris (F)
GCompris is a high-quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Categories include: computer discovery: keyboard, mouse, different mouse gesture, ...arithmetic: table memory, enumeration, double-entry table, mirror image, ...science: the canal lock, the water cycle, the submarine, electric simulation ...geography: place the country on the map; games: chess, memory, connect 4, oware, sudoku ...; reading: reading practice; other: learn to tell time, puzzle of famous paintings, vector drawing, cartoon making. Currently GCompris offers in excess of 100 activities and more are being developed. GCompris is free software that means that you can adapt it to your own needs, improve it and, most importantly, share it with children everywhere.
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

Open Source Drawing Software for Children. Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). Tux Paint is used in schools around the world as a computer literacy drawing activity. It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program. Kids are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative. I like the Calligraphy Pen!
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

Paint.Net (F?)
Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins. It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for the Microsoft Paint software that comes with Windows, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to other digital photo editing software packages such as Adobe® Photoshop®, Corel® Paint Shop Pro®, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.

Artweaver (F)
Artweaver is a painting program with many tools and features like layers and effect filters. Artweaver is available in two versions: The Free version as freeware and the Plus version with costs which has more features than the free version. Includes digital brushes e.g. chalk, charcoal as well as Layers etc. In addition, ‘Artweaver Team’ allows you to work together on an image with your friends at the same time. Simply connect with Artweaver Plus or Artweaver Free to the team over the internet and work together on an image simultaneously.

Picasa – image editing from Google
Picasa is software that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups. Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized. Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures, you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share your images and albums, and even post pictures on your own blog.
Windows, MacOS X (and Linux sort of)

Image Resizer (Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL))
Image Resizer for Windows is a utility that lets you resize one or more selected image files directly from Windows Explorer by right-clicking. I created it so that modern Windows users could regain the joy they left behind with Microsoft's Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP.

Google’s Sketchup - Create, modify and share 3D models for free.
For the Download, you have to specify that it’s for ‘Educational Use’ … Recommended for primary and secondary education; Free to use for any educational purpose; Build and share 3D models; Find and download models from Sketchup's 3D Warehouse; Work offline when there's no internet connection.
Windows and MacOS X

Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It's free and open source. I use it as a free alternative to Interactive Whiteboard software because the features are similar.
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program 'Visio,' though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use. It can be used to draw many different kinds of diagrams. It currently has special objects to help draw entity relationship diagrams, UML diagrams, flowcharts, network diagrams, and many other diagrams. It is also possible to add support for new shapes by writing simple XML files, using a subset of SVG to draw the shape.
Linux, MacOS X, and Windows

Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
Linux, MacOS X, and Windows


Use spreadsheet and data analysis in OpenOffice, LibreOffice or Kingsoft Office (see below)


Make CVC words
This and other resources were created by their former ICT Teacher.
Windows (‘other resources’ may be also available for Mac)

GCompris (F)
GCompris is a high-quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Categories include: …reading: reading practice;…Currently GCompris offers in excess of 100 activities and more are being developed. GCompris is free software that means that you can adapt it to your own needs, improve it and, most importantly, share it with children everywhere.
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

Vocabulary Worksheet Factory
Free - Get the Limited edition with 8 free vocabulary activities including Word Search. Students love word searches. Now, with this FREE word search maker included in the Limited Edition of Vocabulary Worksheet Factory, you can add a little word search fun and motivation to their regular lessons in any subject area. Quickly and easily create unlimited professional looking word search puzzles to provide your students with the extra vocabulary and spelling practice they need in a format that they find enjoyable.
Select from a wide variety of configuration options for your word search puzzle that will make it suitable for students of any age. Then simply print as many copies of the puzzle as you require, along with the automatic answer key, and watch your students dig in!

The Letters Game (F)
This program was designed to be used in a classroom via a projector and hence works well in full screen mode but can be resized (Suitable for resolutions of 800x600 upwards) . The game emulates the UK Chanel 4 Countdown (TV show) letters game whereby you can choose 9 letters (vowels/consonants) to be used by the contestants to make the longest word within the time limit. The letters are chosen from a pack of cards for vowels and consonants. The frequency distribution of the letters in the packs is given in the settings panel and can be adjusted as required.

Learn definitions with Grey Olltwit’s help. From an idea by Violet Cox. This program helps you to learn the right connections or relationships between things. For example, take an apple. 'It grows on a tree', 'it is a fruit' and 'you can bake it in a pie'. These three are true relationships to the apple, whereas, 'it grows in the ground' and 'it is a vegetable', are not true relationships to an apple. Some examples are included with the program and an edit/create facility allows you to make your own.
N.B. You may wish to ‘Decline’ the offerings that lead to the Installation
Windows (Linux and Mac via Crossover)

Most schools use Comic Sans. A better alternative is Sassoon ...but this is a commercial font. Use child‐friendly Fonts, such as those from http://desktoppub.about.com/od/freefonts/tp/Free_Handwriting_School_Fonts.htm (I have used both Jarman and Jardotty) ...or try Grey Olltwit’s free download from http://www.go-freeware.com/primary_school_font.html


A ‘lite’ version of BYKI language software is available ...with free registration. The Byki Express Edition software is free, along with up to a dozen Byki lists. Currently you can choose from any of 64 languages, and we're working on many more. If you wish, you may download Byki lists in more than one language, or even all our languages. The Gaeilge sample set has ‘flashcards’ for Animals and Greetings. Additional Lists are created and shared (by the TL people themselves and by Users) at http://www.byki.com/category/irish ...these can be run via the web or downloaded and run via the BYKI Express program
Windows and Mac

From Microsoft: Cuireann "Pacáiste Comhéadan Gaeilge Office" - Microsoft Office Language Interface Pack 2007 - Gaeilge comhéadan úsáideora Gaeilge ar fáil d'iliomad ríomhchláir Microsoft Office 2007.

From Microsoft: Cuireann Pacáiste Comhéadan Teanga (LIP) Window 7 Comhéadan Úsáideora atá logánaithe i bpáirt ar fáil de na limistéir is mó a mbaintear úsáid astu i Windows 7.

Foras na Gaeilge maintains a list of Irish Software Downloads ‘Teicneolaíocht na Gaeilge’ (with reference to Firefox, Linux, Gaelspell, AbiWord, Ceart, OpenOffice, Eudora) at

Joomla is available ‘as Gaeilge’ from http://www.ultansharkey.com/en/blog/46-joomla-irish-gaeilge-translation (GRMA Ultan)
Irish Language Support for Ubuntu, the Open Source Operating System, is available. Read more at http://www.nascanna.com/nascannacom/Feidhmchlar.aspx?id=61

Fonts such as Seanchló Dubh available from, among others,


GCompris (F)
GCompris is a high-quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Categories include:...geography: place the country on the map. Currently GCompris offers in excess of 100 activities and more are being developed. GCompris is free software that means that you can adapt it to your own needs, improve it and, most importantly, share it with children everywhere.
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

Google Earth for Desktop
View satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, galaxies far away in space and the deepest depths of the ocean.
Windows and Mac


Historical Atlas
The downloadable edition of the Centennia Historical Atlas is available at no charge. It covers the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Era from 1789 to 1819. The map data and text for the full period from 1000AD to the present are already present in the download file and may be opened at any time with an access code.
Windows and Mac

Home Economics

SmartDraw can be used for many applications (Mind Mapping, Organisation Charts, Flowcharts, Venn Diagrams etc.) and it can also be used for Floor Plans. See examples at http://www.smartdraw.com/product/features/#/product/features/Adding-Doors-and-Windows
There is a ‘Free Download’ …I think this may be a Trial (with Watermarking of the output)

IKEA has planners but be careful with the ‘commercial’ aspect. IKEA works via your Browser but asks to install a ‘Player’ from
Windows and Mac

Cash and Carry Kitchens provide a PDF planning guide at

There are some online solutions also, such as


Selingua (F)
English, French, German, Swedish, Spanish activities by Marianne Wartoft (you can even use the in‐built Dictionary Editor for Gaeilge; also great for reinforcing specific vocabularies)

French, German, Italian, Spanish etc. …see entry for BYKI in the Gaeilge Section above. You need only install the Program once, and then Import .b4u files for any of the Language sets


The Numbers Game (F)
This program was designed to be used in a maths classroom via a projector and hence works in full screen mode. The game emulates the UK Chanel 4 Countdown (TV show) numbers game whereby you can choose 6 numbers to be used by the contestants to make the number that is randomly generated by the program. The 6 numbers to be chosen can be any six from 2 lots of 1 to 10 numbers and the 4 numbers 25, 50, 75 & 100. Each number can only be used once in your answer. The default setting for the timer is 30 seconds as in the TV show however you can adjust this according to your contestant’s ability. Installs to CThe Program will even show you all of the correct ways the problem can be solved.

Matchstick Mania (F)
Matchstick Mania is a piece of software to play and design your own Matchstick Puzzles. The software runs full screen at all resolutions although larger matchstick puzzles will be difficult to see on screen resolutions of 600 x 800. There are currently 24 puzzles to choose from however you can add your own and even delete any of the 24 current ones if you don't like them! The idea is to select a puzzle and then move the matches around as described to try and solve the puzzle.  

Sudoku (F)
Numbers can be entered directly or by right clicking on any cell and selecting from the available popup menu numbers. Numbers entered are in a different colour to the main puzzle text. Right-clicking presents the ‘only available options’. Start the activity via menu Sudoku …Create New …Level

From 2002 but still runs under Windows 7 
...great for mathematical logic and properties Sums! Worksheets (and more)

Math Resource Studio 5
Fast and easy math [printed] worksheets. Provide students with the precise skills development and math practice they need as part of a differentiated numeracy program. Create individual or class sets of professional worksheets, workbooks, or tests quickly and effortlessly saving valuable preparation time and resources. The Free Version has 20 activities …certainly suitable for Primary School while some topics (e.g. Simple Interest) would be challenging at Junior Cycle.

Interactive Teaching Programs
In the UK, the Department for Children, Schools and Families has ‘Interactive Teaching Programs’ (available in a number of formats, these stand‐alone applications won’t require installation). Since the ending of their programme, the files are still available at a number of locations
Windows (some .exe files, some Flash)
http://www.taw.org.uk/lic/itp/ (other archives elsewhere)

Mathematical Toolkit
In collaboration with Intel and The Mathematical Association, the Mathematical Toolkit has been designed specifically to support the teaching and learning of mathematics for pupils at Key Stage 3… co‐ordinates, 2D geometry, charts, statistics etc.
Windows (running Flash)

GeoGebra (F)
Dynamic Geometry ...an essential in the ‘Project Maths’ classrooms!
Windows, Mac and Linux (and even as ‘apps’)

Microsoft Mathematics
Add-in for Microsoft Word and Microsoft OneNote makes it easy to plot graphs in 2D and 3D, solve equations or inequalities, and simplify algebraic expressions in your Word documents and OneNote notebooks.

Math‐O‐Mir (F?)
MathOMir is a useful ‘mathematical notepad’. On the surface it looks like an ‘Equation Editor’ but I like the ways in which (a) it shows a Substitution (a value carried with the mouse) and (b) it does a Calculation.

For a LaTex compatible editor, try Texmaker (F‐GNU)
Windows, Mac and Linux

Equation Editor
Comes as part of Microsoft Office (or similar such as OpenOffice - below). Consider also DragMath (F)
DragMath is a simple "drag and drop" equation editor for mathematics. Accepting certain traditional mathematical conventions, the user can build a mathematical expression. This expression can be exported in a number of different formats. DragMath is a simple Java applet, and could be incorporated into web-based applications or other Java applications.


Audacity (F)
...the essential tool for the Music Classroom! …or even for the Language Classroom!!
Windows, Mac and Linux

Download links and info. for a ‘Virtual Theremin’ …look for the Download links down the right-hand side of the page (You will also need Shockwave Player from Adobe). I have got this program to run nicely in the past but, when I try to run it under 'XP Compatability', it tries to find Shockwave Player Version 8.
Windows and Mac

Karaoke Player (F)
VanBasco Karaoke/Midi player …plays Karaoke (.kar) and standard MIDI (.mid, .midi, .rmi) files. Features include: fully customizable Karaoke window: change font, colors, number of lines (up to four), background image; lyrics can be displayed in a resizable window or full-screen; control window: ability to change tempo, volume, key of song; real-time MIDI output window: shows notes, volumes, and instruments, can mute or play solo individual instruments; piano view: displays notes on a big piano keyboard

Music Notation:
Since ‘Finale Notepad’ is now a commercial product (if only $9.95) you may wish to consider MuseScore (F?) (donations requested via PayPal) …Create, play and print beautiful sheet music. Whether you are an experienced user of other notation programs like Finale or Sibelius, or a newcomer to the world of music notation programs, MuseScore has the tools you need to make your music look as good as it sounds.  
Windows, Mac and Linux

Music Education with Solfege (F-GNU)
...learn your intervals, chords, scales and rhythms
Windows, Mac (somewhat) and Linux


GCompris (F)
GCompris is a high-quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10. Some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational. Categories include: ...science: the canal lock, the water cycle, the submarine, electric simulation .... Currently GCompris offers in excess of 100 activities and more are being developed. GCompris is free software that means that you can adapt it to your own needs, improve it and, most importantly, share it with children everywhere.
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

Label a Skeleton
From the very useful ‘senteacher.org’ website
Windows, MacOS X

Periodic Table
The Periodic Table Explorer is a simple to use resource that covers all of the elements of the periodic table, their compounds, properties, isotopes, reactions, English pronunciations and much more! Search through the 1400 pages easily, find compounds by name or component part (e.g. Mg or CH2), look for scientific constants and calculate molecular mass for any compound
Windows, MacOS X

Special Education Needs (and see English/Maths above)

The six simpler exercises display four possible answers.  Choose the right one and it becomes a smile; an error gets a frown and a chance to try again. The How Many? counting game introduces the numbers from 1 to 9. These are used in the Add, Subtract, and Multiply matching games, which each function at two levels of difficulty. In Pick A Picture, one of four pictures matches a word; First Letter offers four possible letters completing a word. Your child can employ the skills gained in these exercises to play Memory, Word Memory, or Hangman. Finally, the ABC Rain, Letter Rain, and 1+2 Rain games help train little fingers in using the keyboard.

Teacher or Student Authoring Tools

Virtual Lego
Windows and MacOS X

Hot Potatoes (F)
The Hot Potatoes suite includes six applications, enabling you to create interactive multiple-choice, short-answer, jumbled-sentence, crossword, matching/ordering and gap-fill exercises for the World Wide Web. Hot Potatoes is freeware, and you may use it for any purpose or project you like. It is not open-source. The Java version provides all the features found in the windows version, except: you can't upload to hotpotatoes.net and you can't export a SCORM object from Java Hot Potatoes.

FreeMind (F)
FreeMind is a premier free mind-mapping software written in Java. The recent development has hopefully turned it into high productivity tool.
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

Cmap (Free)
The IHMC CmapTools program empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps. It allows users to, among many other features, construct their Cmaps in their personal computer, share them on servers (CmapServers) anywhere on the Internet, link their Cmaps to other Cmaps on servers, automatically create web pages of their concept maps on servers, edit their maps synchronously (at the same time) with other users on the Internet, and search the web for information relevant to a concept map
Windows, MacOS X and Linux
http://cmap.ihmc.us/conceptmap.html (use the Download icon)

Crossword Maker: Eclipse

Film Editing: Windows Movie Maker …free download from

Photo Montage (and other activities): MS PhotoStory (will run on Win 7) from

Making Webpages/sites:
NVU …described as the “#1 Free Web Authoring System”. Because you can quickly toggle between the WYSIWYG editing mode and the HTML code mode, just by changing tabs, Nvu is also ideal for those wishing to learn HTML programming, as they can easily observe the interaction between the HTML code and what a user will see in their web browser.
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

Desktop Publishing: Scribus (F) from
Scribus is an Open Source program that brings professional page layout to desktops with a combination of press-ready output and new approaches to page design. Underneath a modern and user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as colour separations, CMYK and spot colours, ICC colour management, and versatile PDF creation.
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

Office Alternative: OpenOffice (F)
Compatible with other major office suites, Apache OpenOffice is free to download, use, and distribute. You get: Writer a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book. Calc a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyze, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics. Impress the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations. Draw lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations. Base lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports, all from within Apache OpenOffice. Math lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

Office Alternative: Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2013
Described as perhaps the most versatile free office suite, which includes free word processor, spreadsheet program and presentation maker. These three programs help you deal with office tasks with ease: Writer - Efficient word processor; Presentation - Multimedia presentations creator; Spreadsheets - Powerful tool for data processing and data analysis. Although it is a free suite, Kingsoft Office comes with many innovative features, including a paragraph adjustment tool, and multiple tabbed feature. It also has Office to PDF converter, automatic spell checking and word count features.
Windows and Linux (and also on Android)

Office Alternative: LibreOffice (F)
Libre Office (like Apache Open Office above) has grown out of the original Sun product, Open Office. Libre Office offers similar funtionality to Apache Open Office.
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

IWB Consideration: Inkscape
Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It's free and open source. I use it as a free alternative to Interactive Whiteboard software because the features are similar.
Windows, MacOS X and Linux

IWB Consideration: SANKORÉ 3.1
The open-source software suite for digital teachers. Three integrated functions in one outstanding tool. Since its creation in 2003, Uniboard has been designed for and with its users. A team composed of professors from the University of Lausanne, communication specialists, neuropsychologists and computer program developers collaborated to produce the Uniboard tool with the aim of making it as easy to use as a traditional blackboard. Uniboard is an application that combines the simplicity of traditional teaching tools (blackboard, overhead projector) with the advantages of a computer. It works on both interactive screens (graphics tablet, tablet PC) and Interactive Digital Boards (IDB), as well as on a personal computer, where the mouse is used to prepare a presentation.
Windows, Mac and Linux

Create computer‐based tutorials/recordings:
CamStudio (F)
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs). CamStudio can also add high-quality, anti-aliased (no jagged edges) screen captions to your recordings in seconds and with the unique Video Annotation feature you can even personalise your videos by including a webcam movie of yourself "picture-in-picture" over your desktop.

Create computer‐based tutorials/recordings:
Capture What You See: Capture an image of what you see on your computer screen with Jing. Simply select any window or region that you want to capture, mark up your screenshot with a text box, arrow, highlight or picture caption, and decide how you want to share it. Record What You Do: Select any window or region that you would like to record, and Jing will capture everything that happens in that area. From simple mouse movements to a fully narrated tutorial, Jing records everything you see and do. Jing videos are limited to five minutes for instant, focused communication. Quick & Easy Sharing: Send your screenshots and videos all over the web. As soon as you're done with your screen capture or screen recording, it's ready to upload to Screencast.com and share through IM, email, social media, and more.
Windows and MacOS X

While the latest version of Scratch runs in a Browser, Version 1.4 is still available to download. However, projects created in Scratch 2.0 cannot be opened in 1.4.
Windows, Mac and Linux.

Using an innovative programming environment to support the creation of 3D animations, the Alice Project provides tools and materials for teaching and learning computational thinking, problem solving, and computer programming across a spectrum of ages and grade levels.
Windows, Mac and Linux.

Classroom Admin:
The Gradeway Teacher's Suite combines a teacher's Gradebook, Lesson Planner, Ability to Generate Reports, Attendance Tracker, and more! The software is free of charge.

Computer/Classroom Admin
While I am a fan of the commercial ABTutorControl (www.abtutor.com/) as a Computer Room Management tool (and great for sharing Student Screens as well as for Controlling Access), some schools use (the open‐source GPL) iTALC from (the author asks for an ‘appropriate donation’).
Windows and Linux


Anti‐Virus for Home/Personal use, with AVG
Windows, Mac (and mobile)


Anti‐Spyware: for Home/Personal use, with Spybot +AV: The all-in-one antispyware and antivirus software solution


Microsoft Security Essentials is a free product you can download to help defend computers running Windows Vista and Windows 7 against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Microsoft Security Essentials helps guard your PC against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software (Note: Windows Defender is supplied as part of Windows 8)

Android Emulator:
BlueStacks App Player lets you run your favourite mobile apps on your desktop
Windows and Mac

MCAfee SiteAdvisor software is an award-winning, free browser plug-in that provides safety advice about Websites when you need it - before you click on a risky site.
Windows (use the ‘Free Download’ on the homescreen) and Mac (and Android)

Make your files secure with TruCrypt (F) Free open-source disk encryption software
Windows, Mac and Linux

Make PDFs with CutePDF Writer (F) FREE software for personal, commercial, gov or edu use. Convert to professional quality PDF files easily from almost any printable document.

Whether you're a consumer, business, government agency, or educational organization, you need to read, create, sign, and annotate (comment on) PDF documents and fill out PDF forms. Foxit Reader is a small, lightning fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to create (free PDF creation), open, view, sign, and print any PDF file.
Windows and Linux

Adobe is the original/mainstream provider of a PDF Reader. Adobe® Reader® software is the free global standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents. It's the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF content, including forms and multimedia.
Windows, Mac and Linux.

File Upload:
Uploading Files to the Internet: FTP with FileZilla Client (F)
Windows, Mac and Linux.

File Archiving:
7zip (F)
Compressing and decompressing files, 7zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.

Media Player
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.
Windows and MacOS X (and Android)

CD or DVD Emulation:
An advanced application for Microsoft Windows which provides one of the best optical media emulation in the industry. DAEMON Tools enables you to convert your physical CD/DVD discs into "virtual discs" so called "images". It also emulated up to 4 virtual CD/DVD drives, so you can mount (insert) and unmount (eject) images. Are you going to use DAEMON Tools Lite at home personally and not for commercial purposes? If “Yes” then press on “Download” and get it for Free!
NB. Do not use these tools to circumvent software licensing!

Library Administration (personal use)
Libra is a new and innovative library management software for Microsoft Windows. Though it’s still in beta mode but the software is pretty much powerful and user-friendly to manage your media library. It has the ability to download media information and album arts from Amazon.com database and you can add media using search from Amazon.com database or by manual input, you can also import your previous library database directly into Libra (Delicious Library, Library Thing, Generic Excel (v2003 and above)/Text files, DVD Profiler v3) . It features a webcam barcode scanner, which allows you to use your webcam as a barcode scanner, by using this feature you can add media to Libra automatically by pointing your webcam to the barcode of your media. It also supports using of regular barcode scanners. Using Libra you can track who borrowed your media and what's the check out date, due date etc. You can export your Libra database to Web Export, Excel Export or in text CSV format.
The most interesting thing about Libra is that it is a freeware for non-commercial use.

Open Source Library Software
The Evergreen Project develops an open source ILS (integrated library system) used by over 1000 libraries around the world. The software, also called Evergreen, is used by libraries to provide their public catalog interface as well as to manage back-of-house operations such as circulation (checkouts and checkins), acquisition of library materials, and (particularly in the case of Evergreen) sharing resources among groups of libraries. The Evergreen Project was initiated by the Georgia Public Library System in 2006 to serve their need for a scalable catalog shared by (as of now) more than 275 public libraries in the state of Georgia. After Evergreen was released, it has since been adopted by a number of library consortia in the US and Canada as well as various individual libraries, and has started being adopted by libraries outside of North America. (comes with a Server and a Client module)
Windows, Mac and Linux

LibLime Koha
Not sure about this one! LibLime Koha is the most advanced open-source Integrated Library System in use today by hundreds of libraries worldwide. LibLime Koha is web based, so there is no software to install on desktop computers, and LibLime hosting services means that no servers are required in the libraries. LibLime's IT experts manage all upgrades, backups and general system maintenance, and the Library's local IT staff can focus on the Library's many other projects.
http://www.koha.org/main.asp?page=1401 …could also be http://koha-community.org/?

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