Friday, 31 May 2013

Open Source - Free Software

Open Source has a philosophy of developing and sharing software for free use. Some of this, and other free-to-use, software is useful for use in school. Here's some free-to-use software we've used:

AndreaMosaic - Make mosaic pictures using your own photographs.

GameMaker - Programming software.

GIMP - The power of Photoshop, for free.

Leonardo Sketch - A vector based drawing application.

Scratch - Well known programming software.

TUX Paint - Paint for mac, Windows & Linux. 

UPDATE 29/11/14:

PosteRazor - Make posters from images.

Tux of Math - Maths game. (via @MrLiconti)

GCompris - Educational games for children up to 10 years old. (via @MrLiconti)

Triptico - Interactive resources. 

Inkscape - Drawing software.

Sourceforge can provide a place to search for other software. Let use know if there's any other you know of that we've not included.

Note: this post was updated further on 21/01/14. Thanks for the comments.


  1. It's great to see OSS used in education - keep up the good work! A couple of notes: Your opening paragraph implies that the listed items are open source software. AndreaMosaic, GameMaker, and Triptico are NOT open source software. The source code is not available, they're proprietary. is a beauty product page. 'vector bast' I think you mean 'vector based'. Tux Paint runs not only on 'mac' but also Windows & Linux. You might also find useful!

  2. Thank you for your comments, will edit as appropriate.