It occurred to me that perhaps I could get advice from the edublogosphere about what free software you might recommend. My district went all Dell about five years ago, but I will be getting a few Macs as well (it’s a long story, but just so everyone in my district is clear on this, the district standards have not changed). Since I added some free Windows-based software last summer, I have a head start on that list, but would love additional suggestions (or warnings for that matter). And I could really use advice on the Mac side since my knowledge there is pretty rusty (since the last time I was really knowledgeable of Mac software in terms of what a school would use, OS 9 was still the OS of choice).
Here are the specs:
Windows Desktop: Dell Optiplex 740, AMD 64x2 4200+ chip (2.2 Ghz, dual-core), 1 GB RAM, 80 GB 7200 rpm hard drive, DVD+-RW optical drive, integrated NVIDIA Quatro NVS 210S Graphics, 17-inch flat panel monitor. Running Windows XP SP2.
Windows Laptop: Dell Latitude D630, 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (T7100) chip, 1 GB RAM, 60 GB hard drive, Intel integrated graphics, 24x DVD Combo drive, Dell Wireless (a/g), 9-cell primary, 6-cell modular battery (replaces optical drive), 14.1 inch screen. Running Windows XP SP2.
Apple Desktop: 17-inch iMac (hoping Apple releases next generation of iMac by July 1st, but these are the specs at the moment), 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip, 1 GB RAM, 160 GB hard drive, DVD+-RW optical drive, ATI Radion X1600 graphics (128 MB SDRAM), and 17-inch widescreen display. Running OS X 10.4 (Tiger).
Here’s the software:
Owned by district/school: Windows XP SP2, Office 2003, Geometer’s Sketchpad, Fathom, Logger Pro, Microtype Pro, Symantec Anti-Virus, Adobe Creative Suite 3 (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional), whatever version of Roxio that ships with the optical drives, things that ship with Windows XP (Movie Maker, Media Player, etc.)
Free, downloadable, plugins, etc.: Firefox, Realplayer, Flash, Shockwave, Quicktime, iTunes, JAVA, PowerCalc (MS), Photo Story 3 (MS), Google Earth, Picassa, Audacity, CMAP, Nvu, Celestia, Wink, Skype (depending on location of computer).
Owned by district/school: OS X 10.4 (Tiger), Office 2004, Geometer’s Sketchpad, Fathom, Logger Pro, Symantec Anti-Virus, Adobe Creative Suite 3 (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Professional), things that ship with OS X (iLife: iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, Garageband; Quicktime, etc.).
Free, downloadable, plugins, etc.: Firefox, Realplayer, Flash, Shockwave, Windows Media Player, Google Earth, CMAP, Nvu, Celestia.So, I’d appreciate it if you’d leave a comment if you have something to add to that list, or if you have a comment on the existing list of software.