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10 Linux applications that are perfect for educational environments

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Good educational software is hard to come by. And with ever-tightening budgets, it only makes sense that many schools are turning to Linux and open source software to save money. Most people have no idea how many outstanding educational applications there are for the Linux operating system. In the following list, you should find at least one application that’s just right for your situation.

1: ATutor

If you are a teacher, you should definitely look into ATutor. It’s online software that allows you to manage your courses and gives students a means of keeping up with what’s going on with course work. With ATutor, you can post assignments, tests, grades, and more. Students can create accounts and keep track of their particular classes and assignments. Students and teachers can also keep in touch with one another via email and messaging. ATutor lets you create workgroups to group students for projects, classes, etc. Once you deploy ATutor, you will find your teaching life much more organized, and your students will thank you for it.

2: iTalc

iTalc is a powerful didactical tool that allows you to watch and control computers for educational purposes. You can show demos and even lock computers to get the attention of your students. iTalc will also allow you to reboot or shut off machines remotely. And unlike other more costly solutions, iTalc is free and released under the GPL. iTalc also supports Linux and Windows XP and will soon support Windows Vista.

3: Online Grades

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