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Free software tools which may be downloaded, including OpenOffice which opens/creates Microsoft Office documents and pdf files. These are perfect for use by teachers and students in K-12 settings where resources are limited.

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Free Tools

  1. 1. Technology 101: Free Tools Compiled by: Debbie Clingingsmith ● Email: debbie@clingingsmith.org ● Last revised: 3/16/2007 ● Description: The following slides contain ● information about very useful, yet free, software tools available for PCs. Download slides: tapateacher.blogspot.com ● Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Free Tools: Belarc Advisor Description: Belarc Advisor lists the hardware ● and software installed on your computer. This is very useful if you are trying to make use of phone support for your PC. Download: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html ● Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. Free Tools: Belarc Advisor Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. Free Antivirus Tools: AVG Description: AVG Free Advisor is a free version of ● AVG antivirus software. Updates to keep protection and antivirus definitions current are available. Download: ● http://free.grisoft.com/doc/avg-anti-virus-free/lng/us/tpl/v5 Additional free antivirus programs: ● http://www.free-av.com/ – http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html – http://www.clamwin.com/ – Additional free online virus scan and info: ● http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ – http://www.freebyte.com/antivirus/ – Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  5. 5. Free Tools: Anti-Spyware Description: Spybot Search and Destroy, ● Adaware, and AVG Free Advisor detect and remove spyware, hidden programs which are installed on you computer. There are weekly updates to keep the software current. Adware: ● http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10045910.html AVG Free Advisor: ● http://free.grisoft.com/doc/avg-anti-spyware-free/lng/us/tpl/v5 Spybot: ● http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  6. 6. Free Tools: Anti-Spyware Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  7. 7. Free Tools: Firewall Description: Zone Alarm is a software firewall. It ● blocks hackers from your computer. Zone Alarm also provides alerts when a computer application tries to connect to the Internet, lets you designate which applications may connect to the Internet, and blocks Internet traffic when your computer is unattended. Download: ● http://www.download.com/3000-2092-10039884.html Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. Free Tools: Open Office Description: Open Office is a free suite of tools ● comparable to Microsoft Office Pro. Powerpoint, Word, Access, and Excel documents created in Microsoft Office may be opened in Open Office, and visa versa. Download from: http://www.openoffice.org/ ● Titles of included programs: Impress, Writer, ● Draw, Calc, Base, and Math. Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  9. 9. Open Office: Impress Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  10. 10. Open Office: Impress To convert to Powerpoint: Click File-> Save As and choose Powerpoint in the Save ● As Type drop down box. Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  11. 11. Open Office: Write Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  12. 12. Open Office: Calc Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  13. 13. Open Office: Draw Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  14. 14. Free Tools: Google Description: Google provides free online ● calendars, spreadsheets, and documents. Requires signing up to create a login. Calendars may be shared publicly or with selected individuals. Docs & Spreadsheets reads Word and Excel files. Docs & Spreadsheets: ● http://www.google.com/google-d-s/tour1.html Calendar: ● http://www.google.com/intl/en/googlecalendar/tour. Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  15. 15. Free Tools: Mozilla Description: Mozilla.org provides free ● browser (Firefox), calendaring (Sunbird), email reader (Thudnerbird). Versions which run on PDAs are available. Download from: ● http://www.mozilla.com/products/ Further information: http://www.mozilla.org/ ● Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  16. 16. Free Podcasting Tools: Audacity Description: Audacity records, edits, and adds ● special effects for audio. May also be used to record from cassette or CD player. For a podcast, LAME plug-in must be used to export soundtracks to an MP3 format. Download Audacity: ● http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Download LAME: ● http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  17. 17. Free Podcasting Tools: Audacity Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  18. 18. Free Podcasting Tools: Audacity Description: Audacity records, edits, and adds ● special effects for audio. May also be used to record from cassette or CD player. For a podcast, LAME plug-in must be used to export soundtracks to an MP3 format. Download Audacity: ● http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ Download LAME: ● http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/windows Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  19. 19. Free Podcasting Sounds Description: These web sites offer royalty free music ● and sounds. Partners in Rhyme: free music and sounds ● http://www.partnersinrhyme.com/ Royalty Free Music: free for personal and educational ● use: http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/free.html Opsound: Artists share their creations: ● http://www.opsound.org/index.php Odeo lists web sites with free music: ● http://odeo.com/find/free+music Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  20. 20. Free Podcast Hosting: Odeo Description: Odeo hosts podcasts up to 50 ● megabytes free. Paid services available. Requires signing up to create a login. Once an MP3 file is uploaded, Odeo provides html code which may be copied to a blog or web site to play your podcast. URL: http://studio.odeo.com/create/home ● Additional free hosting sites: ● http://switchpod.com/ – http://www.podbean.com/index?sourceid=goog_001 – http://www.shockpod.com/ – Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  21. 21. Free Podcast Hosting: Odeo Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  22. 22. Free Web Logs: Blogger Description: Blogger provides free web log, or ● blog, hosting. Requires signing up to create a login. May create links in your blog to a podcast. Paid services available. URL: http://www.blogger.com/start ● Additional free hosting sites: ● http://www.blogeasy.com/ – http://www.blogthing.com/ – http://wordpress.com/ – Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  23. 23. Free Web Logs: Blogger Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  24. 24. Free Instant Messaging: Spark and Wildfire Description: Spark is an Open Source cross- ● platform instant messaging server optimized for businesses and organizations. Spark is the client. Use these tools to set up private chat rooms and messaging on an Intranet. URL: http://www.jivesoftware.org/index.jsp ● Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  25. 25. Free Remote Admin: Log Me In Description: Log Me In Free software allows ● remote control of a PC through a web browser. This is comparable to Go To My PC. Use to access your home computer while travelling. URL: http://www.logmein.com/ ● Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  26. 26. Free File Sharing: FolderShare Description: FolderShare by Microsoft is a free ● folder sharing service. Download a client to your PC and create a login. URL: ● https://www.foldershare.com/info/aboutFoldershare Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  27. 27. Free File Sharing: FolderShare Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  28. 28. Free File Storage: MediaMax Description: MediaMax is a free file storage ● service, up to 25 GB. Synchronize from a PC and store files online. URL: http://www.mediamax.com/index.aspx ● Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  29. 29. Free Music Notation: Finale Notepad Description: Notepad by Finale is a free music ● notation program for composing, editing, and arranging. URL: http://www.finalemusic.com/notepad/ ● Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  30. 30. Free Music Notation: Finale Notepad Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  31. 31. Free Web Authoring: Nvu Description: Nvu (pronounced n-view) is a free ● web authoring program. It is available for Windows, OSX, and Linux. URL: http://www.nvu.com/index.php ● Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  32. 32. Free File Storage: MediaMax Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  33. 33. Free Web Authoring: Nvu Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  34. 34. Free Photo Editor: Picasa Description: Picasa by Google is a program for ● organizing, editing, and sharing photos. Special effects allow addition of captions, pan, zoom, tilt, sepia, cropping, and others. URL: http://picasa.google.com/index.html ● Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.
  35. 35. Free Photo Editor: Picasa Copyright © 2006, 2007 Technia. All rights reserved.

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