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Visivicous
July 6th, 2007, 01:56 AM
First, let me apologize in case this has already been asked. I searched briefly but did not find a topic on this. If there is one, please post a link.

I am looking for some open-source home schooling software for grades 3 through 8. I thought Edubuntu would be a good place to start. Though that distribution does have some good educational software for children, it does not have enough to be a home school solution.
Does anyone know of a Linux project for home schooling software? If so, how good is it? Is it enough to replace the (rather expensive) software available for Windows? Thanks for any info you can provide.

daveshields
August 25th, 2007, 05:10 AM
My own guess is that, as is the case with educational software in general, there is not much available. This is a small market, and one would expect that the part available in Linux would be but a small fraction of the total available. Five percent is probably an over-optimistic estimate.

Here some resources that may be of help.

Google turned up http://www.homeschool.co.uk/resource/information-technology/ It has links to a number of resources.

Visit http://www.stevehargadon.com/ Steve is one of the most active bloggers in the open-source and education space. You could post your question as a comment to one of his posts (fell free to say I suggested you do so -- I know Steve).

By the way, Steve has compiled a series of educational interviews available in audio form with a number of well-known "luminaries" in the open-source community. They themselves are a valuable resource.

Steve is also active in the "edublog" space, meaning blogs written by educators. See http://edublogs.org/ Look for blogs that might mention this topic. Again, you could post queries to some of the bloggers.

See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edublog
for more about "edublogs." It has links to a number of well-known edublogger's.