Downloadable Educational Freeware
Free educational software for Windows that you can download and install on your own computer.
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Do you want to learn basic vocabulary in a new language, for free? On byki.com, you can download a free flashcard program, Byki 4 Express for Windows or Mac, that lets you learn words in multitude of languages.
Alice.org provides a friendly 3D drag-and-drop interface for learning the basics of object oriented programming. In Alice version 3.0, Java coding will be added in cooperation with Sun Microsystems.
A very nice, and free, geography teaching package. Covers all parts of the world. Includes quizzes and map exercises. Runs in several different languages. Each exercise has a high score list.
Worldwide Telescope is a free Microsoft application that lets you travel through outer space. You can pan in and zoom in close to moons, planets, solar systems and galaxies. Images are taken from the Hubble Space Telescope and ten earth-bound telescopes.
Baby Smash is a free keyboard banger game for very young kids (ages 1-3 years). It disables all system keys such as ctrl-esc, alt-tab and the Windows key, so that the kids do not exit the program accidentally or harm the computer.
Scratch is a programming environment for beginners, where kids can use a simple programming syntax to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art, and share their creations on the web
In the free educational game FoodForce, you get to join a team of UN experts and help them fight hunger on the fictional island of Sheylan in the Indian Ocean, which is suffering from both drought and civil war.
In Robomind you can learn basic programming concepts by programming a robot which moves around on a map.RoboMind is completely free for both individual as well as educational and commercial use.
With Solve Elec you can draw and analyze electrical circuits functioning in direct current, get literal formulas and values for current intensities and voltages defined in the circuit and verify circuit related equations.
GeoGebra is a free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for schools that joins geometry, algebra and calculus. GeoGebra is written in Java.
Teach 2000 is a vocabulary trainer that helps you memorize words in foreign languages, using multiple-chioce questions and flashcards. Images and speech can be associated with each word.
Tux Math Scrabble is a free math game for kids that is similar to the board game Scrabble, but uses numbers instead of letters. Kids get to compete against the animated penguin Tux.
Stellarium is a free open source planetarium. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
Google SketchUp (free) is an easy-to-learn 3D modeling program whose few simple tools enable you to create 3D models of houses, sheds, decks, home additions, woodworking projects – even space ships.
With the free Lego Digital Designer 1.6, you can design your own virtual Lego model in 3D. Optionally, you can order the exact set of bricks over the Internet and build it in real life as well!
Hiyah is a collection of nice and extremely simple software written by a mom with two young children who struggle with autism, ADHD, and speech delays. It is so easy to use, all you need to do is to press the spacebar!
Selingua is a vocabulary training program with extensive built-in dictionaries -- more than 2000 words in each of the following languages: English (both American and British), German, Spanish, French and Swedish.
Childsplay is a suite of educational games for young children (approximately between 3 and 10 years old). Just like Gcompris, it is both freeware and open source, and is available for Linux as well as for Windows.
Bruce's Unusual Typing Wizard is a typing tutor to learn and practice typing. It is designed to accommodate both beginners and experienced typists who are looking to gain speed or accuracy.
Cyberstart by Larry Loveland is a great way to teach toddlers how to use a mouse, some basic shapes etc. This freeware program does not use the keyboard at all, and you do not need to be able to click the mouse to use it. You simply move the cursor over the screen, matching up colors and shapes.
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Intelligence Quotient, more commonly known as IQ, refers to a person’s ability to reason, plan, solve problems and think in abstract terms. Many people are curious about their IQs, and the availability of free online assessments makes it easy to find and complete an IQ test.
A wealth of free online resources can assist teachers in finding strategies for incorporating new teaching ideas into their classrooms. Here are some great possibilities: