Open Source Programs for Students with Print Impairments <ul><li>Who needs them? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I find them? ...
What is Free and Open Source Software?  (FOSS) <ul><li>Software whose source code is published and made available to the p...
Who Needs Them? <ul><li>Students who don’t have major programs like MS Office or Word </li></ul><ul><li>Students who need ...
Where Can I Find Them? <ul><li>osalt.com  (open source as alternative) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need an image editing program...
How Can They Help My Students? <ul><li>They don’t cost a thing. </li></ul><ul><li>They’re great alternatives to power-hous...
Spotlight  on OS Programs <ul><li>OpenOffice.org 3 : the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, sp...
Spotlight  on OS Programs <ul><li>OOo4Kids : an OpenOffice program for kids ages 7 to 12 ( download.ooo4kids.org ) </li></...
Spotlight  on OS Programs <ul><li>Songbird : A cross-platform, multiple format audio player (plays mp3 files) and file man...
Spotlight  on OS Programs <ul><li>iPodDisk  (Mac only): another open source program that lets you sync your computer with ...
Just for fun… <ul><li>Barack Obama’s election campaign website ran Open Source software </li></ul><ul><li>John McCain’s we...
Questions? <ul><li>This presentation resides at the Web Resources page of our NIMAC website:  www.uwyo.edu/wind/nimas </li...
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Open Source Programs for Students with Print Impairments

  1. 1. Open Source Programs for Students with Print Impairments <ul><li>Who needs them? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I find them? </li></ul><ul><li>How can they help my students? </li></ul>
  2. 2. What is Free and Open Source Software? (FOSS) <ul><li>Software whose source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute the source code without paying fees. </li></ul><ul><li>More simply: Free programs with no restrictions </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who Needs Them? <ul><li>Students who don’t have major programs like MS Office or Word </li></ul><ul><li>Students who need an alternative way to access expensive applications </li></ul><ul><li>(and incidentally, teachers who are seeking the same thing) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Where Can I Find Them? <ul><li>osalt.com (open source as alternative) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need an image editing program but don’t have Photoshop? Try Krita or Seashore. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Need a flowchart program or a way to draw diagrams? Try Dia or OpenOffice Draw. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.opensourcemac.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All things Macintosh: Mozilla Firefox; Bean or AbiWord (word processing), Audacity (sound recording), Cyberduck (ftp program), and Skim (a PDF reader and note-taker). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sourceforge.net – chock full of OS programs </li></ul>
  5. 5. How Can They Help My Students? <ul><li>They don’t cost a thing. </li></ul><ul><li>They’re great alternatives to power-house programs like Microsoft Office. </li></ul><ul><li>They’re easy to find and download. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Spotlight on OS Programs <ul><li>OpenOffice.org 3 : the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases. Available in many languages and works on all common computers. Can be used to read and write files from other common office software packages. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Spotlight on OS Programs <ul><li>OOo4Kids : an OpenOffice program for kids ages 7 to 12 ( download.ooo4kids.org ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on the source code of OO.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers simplified wizards and options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works on all platforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has tutorials and support for kids </li></ul></ul><ul><li>eSpeak Text to Speech : speech synthesizer for English (Windows only) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Spotlight on OS Programs <ul><li>Songbird : A cross-platform, multiple format audio player (plays mp3 files) and file management program </li></ul><ul><li>NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) : An open source screen reader for the Windows OS. </li></ul><ul><li>7-Zip : A packing and unpacking compression program (Windows) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Spotlight on OS Programs <ul><li>iPodDisk (Mac only): another open source program that lets you sync your computer with your iPod – mp3 files from your iPod can be put on your computer. It’s a backwards synching option; take files from your school computer to your iPod to your home computer </li></ul>
  10. 10. Just for fun… <ul><li>Barack Obama’s election campaign website ran Open Source software </li></ul><ul><li>John McCain’s website ran proprietary software. </li></ul><ul><li>Just the facts; no party-pitch. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Questions? <ul><li>This presentation resides at the Web Resources page of our NIMAC website: www.uwyo.edu/wind/nimas </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (307) 766-5770 </li></ul>

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