At Eaton Valley Primary School we do our best to utilise software that is available for all.
This means that wherever possible we try to use Open Source software. Open Source software is available for download on the Internet, free of charge to the General Public. There’s a great range of software out there, from free Operating Systems, like Ubuntu, to Internet Browsers, like Firefox, which is also touted as being more secure than using Internet Explorer for browsing.
The list of Open Source software that we use in school can be found below:
Open Office This is our Microsoft Office alternative. It has more or less the same functionality of MS Office with the added benefit of being available to all, and for free.
Tux Paint This is a great little digital painting program that is fun to use. Since being installed in our School, it has been used quite considerably.
Tux Maths This is a game which helps with arithmetic skills. We like this as it engages our pupils and has a nice gradual learning curve. It starts off with number recognition (good for the little ones) and goes right up to complex sums that would even stretch an adult’s quick math solving skills. Highly recommended!
Firefox A free alternative Internet browser.
Chrome Another free alternative Internet browser provided by Google.
Scratch is a programming language where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.
Paint 3D Whether you’re an artist or just want to try out some doodles, Paint 3D makes it easy to unleash your creativity and bring your ideas to life. Classic Microsoft Paint has been reimagined, with an updated look and feel and lots of new brushes and tools. Make 2D masterpieces or 3D models that you can play with from all angles.
As part of ICT usage in Eaton Valley Primary School we utilise a range of software and operating systems. We utilise both Microsoft Windows 10 and Apple’s iOS so pupils learn what are called ‘transferrable skills’.
If you find you need a piece of software to do a particular job, but don’t wish to spend 100’s of £s on it, then search for a free/open source version. Chances are there is one that exists.