In our discussion on free web-based software this week, we have listed photo-editing, converting documents to .PDFs, and securing your computer. Remember, as we've mentioned before, these options may not replace the paid versions for professional use, but are usually sufficient for casual at-home use. Now, let's talk about educational software and online learning. Following are some resources we've dug up that you might want to check out.
School Forge and Sheppard Software have incredible lists of free educational software, including downloadable programs for scoring music, using 3D technology, building crossword puzzles, memory development, arts and crafts, games, learning geography and history, test-preparation and more.
Babelfish is the best language translator I've found, and it can be used for free online (without a download) at Yahoo! Babel Fish.
If you're an instructor or trainer and need a learning management system, or online courseware, check out Moodle, and WizIQ. Moodle is increasingly being used by school systems to transfer their brick-and-mortar classes to the online format, and WizIQ is a great place for instructors or trainers to set up an online courseroom to teach a hobby class or a refresher course. Although premium features cost money, free versions of both systems are availble, for instructors and students.
Want to take an online course for free? Education Portal, and U.About have extensive lists of courses available in many industries, fields, and interest areas.
Bonus: I wouldn't be able to finish this series on free online software, without mentioning my Dad's favorite talkshow host: Kim Komando (yes, that's her real name). Check out her download library (in the middle of the page) for a wide variety of software, much of it free.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is a trainer and tech writer in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. Her weakness is the mocha frappuccino.