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Software for Education and Learning

Find lots of free software to help you and your students. I highly recommend looking at these contents of the Freedom Stick. Downloads for a memory stick your students can use.

Software                        SUMMARY

 

Karafun Karaoke


Use the karaoke player to bring some zip to your classroom. It has an editor and learn to make your own karaokes by going to our Karaoke page and watching the screencast there. Allows you to control the text layout and speed. Very handy!.  Unfortunately hasn't been upgraded so only will work on Windows XP operation systems. 

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Audacity


this freeware for recording audio is super for making podcasts or editing any kind of sound/audio. Top of the line and not so hard to learn how to edit,chomp, cut things...

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VOIP Recorder for Skype


This recorder is very simple and will make an mp3 of your skype conversations - will even start itself so you'll never forget.

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Adobe Flash


this is a quick plug in that is necessary to play many videos and items here. The industry standard.

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Shockwave Flash


this too is a quick plug in that is necessary to play many videos and items here. The industry standard

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WinZip
Easy Zip


Many files come "zipped" and you need to unpack them after you download (these are .zip and .rar files). These will allow you to do that. Download, install and then to unzip just right click your mouse on the zipped item. Voila! Winzip is a 30 day trial, Easy Zip is free.

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VideoLan VLC player


is a top knotch player and you won't have to download others. Accepts the most codecs and works great.

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GOM Video Player

Another good player which does the job well..

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Media Player Classic


a very stable player especially for playing .flv videos

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EOLSOFT Player


this player will play .swf files which have been downloaded by you to your desktop. No internet then required! { to download a .swf file/link, just right click the link or url and "save as".

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WMR 12

this program will capture all kinds of video that is streaming or playing on your computer. Just unzip, install and copy the extra .exe file into your program file of WMR 12 to replace the one installed. You are ready to go! Capture video and play without using the internet.

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Super Convertor


is freeware that converts almost any video format into another! yes, it works and takes a little to figure it out but after that, really helpful!

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iSpring PPT - Flash Converter


this converts all your ppts to a small memory flash or .swf file. Also into an html file for embedding. Really handy and does a great job.

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Keep Video


You don't need the internet to use Youtube or Google or other videos! Just put the url http://___) into the box and download to your own computer! Select either low quality .flv or mp4 Yours 4 KEEP! Also try FARKIEto download other types of formats (.avi .wav .swf .wmv etc..)

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Infine Capture Flash


this free program allowsyou to capture the flash file on a page. Or just pull out the address/url so you can bookmark it. Unfortunately, only works with Internet Explorer.

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PPT PowerTalk
Speech Over


this makes your powerpoint come alive with voice! Really cool and easy to do. Go here for an explanation. Also - Speech Over allows you to speak individual files but is only a 30 day trial (run sign up again for another month!). I've used these at lectures (usually my text to speech lectures) and always get many questions/emails about it. You will need the standard SAPI Microsoft Text to speech engine (Mike and Mary voices but get other better ones here) to have this work.

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Windows Media Player 11


the latest WMP for the best quality and functionality.

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Super Anti Spyware


this program will not disturb your computer but will keep it 100% free of spyware, adware and all that junk that tracks your computer usage

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Tech GiveAway of the Day



Every 24 hours, a new piece of software is given away free! Get some great software and applications. You download directly but must install within the 24 hour period. Lots of excellent items - converters, capturers, mixers, organizers available..

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Power Talk



Make your powerpoints talk! Control what you want them to say with hidden notes! Really powerful and easy to use. You'll need the standard Microsoft SAPI text to speech components installed first. Also, get other voices to download and install here.

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Malicious Software Removal



this program from Microsoft will keep your computer clean. Run often and keep viruses away!.

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Ultra Hal



This is a text to speech reader. Download and install on each computer and all the text can be read - you'll have to upgrade/purchase to get better voices!! But use these voicesfor free and better quality!

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Deskbot Browser

download this and a little genie will welcome you, read all text on your computer for you and help you in many ways!

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Verbose Verbot


Another text to speech reader with lots of functionality, including saving the file to an mp3 for playback. The Verbotcan be downloaded onto a desktop and provides a character to practice English with. Hours of fun!

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Answer Tips


this program will highlight all text on your webpage or browser and give you a definition when you click. Easy to find out the definition of a word and for vocab building...

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Wavepad


NCH an Australian company makes great audio software!! Wavepad allows for easy conversion of audio files, super fast. Also good editing and cutting of audio.

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Record Pad


a 30 day trial but it really is super easy and the best recording equipment around...try it out!

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Fling the Teacher Game Generator


A very easy way to make a great game! Just download and put in your questions. Students try to "Fling the Teacher". See our Games pagefor many examples.

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Jeopardy Gamemaker
Stu's Jeopardy


This free Jeopardy program isn't too hard to get functioning. A .swf is the game and change the Questions in the Questions file to add your content. Make sure to read the Read Me included with the download. See our game page for more Jeopardy downloads (scroll down) ! Stu's Jeopardyis flashy and you can edit inside the program (click new game at the top). Nice work Stu!

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Multiple Choice Generator


This free game generator gives you a multiple choice style game. Perfect for reviewing language test content! You can even adjust the time limit... See our game pagefor some examples.

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Teacher Tools

Find them all HERE.

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Letter Maker


This free program teaches the alphabet as students "build" letters to form the alphabet and words.!

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Qedoc Quz Player


Qedoc is a learning system where you get a wealth of quizzes and content made by teachers from all over the world. Go hereto get the modules. Download and unzip the player to play the modules - you can even get them directly from your player. I've even made some! Search "ESL".

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Vocaboly


this vocabulary system is geared to those higher level learners studying for IELTS or TOEIC TOEFL tests. Same as the paid version except you get a low quality computer voice. You might be prompted to download a speech engine but this is usually standard on most computers now. Play games, do quizzes and learn academic vocabulary. Do some more tests here.

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Teacher Knowledge Database


A professional development primer full of standard definitions of terms for teaching ESL and EFL

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iFinger Oxford Dictionary


a complete desktop dictionary and more!.

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Photo Story 3


Free from Microsoft, this is an excellent way to combine pictures and sound/recording to make a great photo story. See examples and how to do it at the Microsoft site.

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SeTerra


Download and study geographical terms (cities and countries mostly) in English

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Write It Right


A writing practice software which asks you to make corrections based on grammar and word order. Lots of feedback. An extensive demo.Also see their Paragraph Punchwhere students order sentences to form paragraphs.

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Pixillion


is a wonderful and free picture converter. Need a .gif picture made into a .png? No problem. Even resize. Works fast and you can do batches....

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SKYPE


Skype is the premium voice technology (VOIP). Use it to communicate for free with a microphone and the internet. Use Skype Out to phone a land line for cheap! Hereis the main information page for setting up Skype.

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MOODLE


Moodle is the leading CMS (Course Management System) which is free and very adaptable/changeable. You can have your whole school/organization delivering their courses in one nice place. Safe and secure. Not hard to set up and see this wonderful tutorialon how to set up moodle on your server.

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FIREFOX Browser


We recommend using the Moxilla Firefox browser. Much better for performance here! Get Firefox

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Hot Potatoes


Hot Potatoes is a quiz making system. Easy to learn and you can get simple quizzes for your students. See their large clip art library for help with pictures for quizzes. Lots others premade. Here's a page of examples!

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Hansoft Reader


In Korea, most teachers use .hwp or Hansoft for word processing. This reader, will at least enable you to read their documents. Ask your school technician to get you a full copy so you can edit also!

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Word List Creator


Word List Creator is a great tool for a language teacher! Easy to use. Just open/copy a text into the word list creator and it will give you a list and frequency of all the words. Sort the list as you wish and export to word/excel. A great tool.

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PPT / PPTX Converters


Some school computers have 2007 ppt, some don't . Now, just use these programs and convert to the one you need. Works like a charm. 1. PPTX (2007) to PPT (2003) 2. PPT (2003) to PPTX (2007)

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MIKOGO


Mikogo (website here) is a free desktop screen sharing application. Very stable, reliable and simple video conferencing application and highly recommended for teaching!

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Video Pad


Video Padis an amazing, FREE video editing tool. Also converts videos, just load one in and save in another format. Also a cutter/splitter. Just select what you want or don't and bingo...done. Also add text quickly for subtitles. Try it , you'll like it!

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Microsoft Word Compatibility Pack .docx


Do you have a problem opening up .docx files? That's because your Microsoft Word doesn't recognize the 2007 files. Download and install this compatability packand you won't have this problem again!

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Mouse Mischief


Mouse Mischief (website here) is a free power point tool. With it, each student with a mouse can participate and answer questions. You can easily build quizzes and games in Power point. More info. and videos showing it HERE.

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Comment by Ellen Pham on February 9, 2009 at 2:01am
This is great, David. I can't wait to try out the programs I hadn't discovered yet! It's all so nice and easy to find here... 5 * * * * *

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Comment by shane on February 9, 2009 at 2:31am
thanks for your hard work

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Comment by ddeubel on February 9, 2009 at 8:40pm
Your welcome, more forthcoming. Kind of like the pressure just built up and it would benefit the community to have one place to send others when referencing those often used pieces of software. Ellen, sorry for not including infine capture flash! Actually I did but during my tweaking in the formatting of the page, it must have been erased!

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Comment by kibishipaul on March 2, 2009 at 5:49am
Great idea! Sadly the first link I tried - Vocabulary Worksheet Maker - is broken. I don't know whether this can be added to but one software I've been using to make online quizzes can be found here;

http://hotpot.uvic.ca/

It's called Hot Potatoes and it gives teachers the tools to make 6 different types of quizzes.

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Comment by ddeubel on March 4, 2009 at 6:26am
kibishipaul -- I'll fix that worksheet maker ASAP. Yes, I've used hot potatoes but I'm kind of thinking it is losing steam and a bit stoggy. But it does work. I'll post it up. Have you tried some online quiz makers? Unfortunately, you have to use the software on their page. Like http://mystudiyo.com ? http://quizlet.com http://www.classmarker.com ? Or Quiz Creator ?

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Comment by Eduardo Rossato on April 29, 2009 at 12:45am
thanks a lot!!!!!!!

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Comment by Shane on May 6, 2009 at 6:53am
Thanks for putting up the list ddeubel. I've found some of the software very useful.
Here are a couple of applications that people might also find helpful:

1. Livemesh; this is a great application for keeping files on multiple computers in sync, accessing your home computer externally from any computer connected to the internet, sharing files or folders with multiple people. https://www.mesh.com/welcome/default.aspx.
2. Portable Apps; PortableApps.com Suite™ is a complete collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, audio player, sudoku game, password manager, PDF reader, minesweeper clone, backup utility and integrated menu, all preconfigured to work portably. Just drop it on your portable device and you're ready to go. You can also use this application from a livemesh folder.

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Comment by Dan Carty on June 7, 2009 at 8:43pm
Has anyone tried Belarc Advisor? This Handy Software will map your entire hard drive and tell what is installed on your hard drive including software keys. Here is the software.

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Comment by Paola on July 6, 2009 at 7:52am
Browsing throughthis page i have to say at first glance it is very useful. I have to try some out.

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Comment by Rasinta Eveline on July 11, 2009 at 2:43pm
Thank you...thank you for your awesome job. Those help me a lot to be better and skillful teacher. May God bless you with what you've done to our life and job.

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Comment by Sara on November 30, 2009 at 8:05am
hi,
that was wonderful!
good job

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Comment by Carol on March 2, 2010 at 1:36am
Hello I am having trouble transferring my microsoft programs pp word excel to english can anyone help?

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Comment by IRFAN ALI BHACHO on April 1, 2011 at 4:25am
good job.

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Comment by ivlazaki on January 17, 2012 at 7:29pm

Hi,

Not enough words to thank you!


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Comment by Alexander St-John on June 9, 2015 at 5:56pm

I think you should check out the app: ANYTUNE PRO HQ (premium edition). Offers many useful features (incl. EQ, bookmarking and slowing tempo with very little audio loss).

For slowing down video I haven't found anything better than Pinnacle Studio (iOS version, for either iPhone or iPad). They will also implement slowing at 85% speed.  


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Comment by Zohur Ahmed on July 6, 2015 at 5:13am

Thank you.

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