Find educational software for kids in the age of 6 - 14

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Using the computers for educational support was suggested by some of the neighbours.

Paul has been in touch with some schools in the area, that will send their students to the computer centre once it's opened.

They really like the idea of supporting the education of the kids (6 - 14) with the use of computer software: "while the children learn to use the computer, to make the learning experience fun, is to introduce different subjects that they learn at school in a digital way ie. math, science, geography, history, English or French, etc."

Help us find this software, and find out if it's freely available.

Hi!

As the software is for teaching school kids, is there any standard software used for teaching in Ugandan schools? If so, would it be possible for Jinja to get hold of a copy of that, rather than (or as well as) finding other software?

This may be a Ugandan source of education software
http://www.uderb.org/

"Uganda Digital Education Resource Bank

Uganda Digital Education Resource Bank (UDERB) consists of educational resources which can be used by teachers and students to support and enhance the teaching and learning process in Uganda secondary schools. It is a growing resource. It will be made available on a set of CD-ROMs, on content servers on the School Intranets and possibly on a website.

Uganda Digital Educational Resource Bank (DERB) will consist of but not limited to:

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) tools
Question/past paper questions from schools
Subject study guides
Marking schemes for teachers and question guides for students
Curriculum relevant open content
Samples of educational projects and lesson plans
Case studies/testimonials of students and teachers
Probing questions based on certain online and offline educational resources.
Samples/galleries of students’ work.
Peer-review of online resources (websites).
Photographs, illustrations and diagrams.
Maps
Video clips and audio clips
Animations and simulations
Virtual Reality models
The contents of the Uganda DERB will be created/identified by the teachers/students and/or recommended by the Ministry of Education and Sports.

The Uganda Digital Educational Resource Bank (DERB) will be available “free” to the teachers/students. Free as in freedom and not as in “free beer”.

The term “free” implies the following rights:

Freedom to use the DERB for educational, non-profit purposes and adapt it to one’s needs.
Freedom to study how the DERB was put together/created.
Freedom to redistribute the DERB so that other teachers and students can benefit from it.
Freedom to modify and enhance the DERB and publish those modifications so that everyone benefits from them. The modifications should be published “free”. "

The site is a little confusing as the majority of the links take you on to other websites where you can get the software, but the text above suggests a lot is also available on CD.

May be worth making direct contact with them to see what they can offer? Although focused on older children they may have, or know someone who has, equivalent software for the younger ones too.

Contact details at http://www.uderb.org/contact/

If this proves useful it may help other Nabuur computer projects too.

They are part of SchoolNet Uganda - http://www.schoolnetuganda.sc.ug/ - whose website appears to be broken at the moment but from memory they provide support to computer education in Ugandan schools. As do http://www.uconnect.org/

I am sure there will be loads of free education software scattered around the internet too!

Mary

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Hello Mary,
Thank you so much for the satch for you have given us the whole almost that we need we will try to pick what so ever we need out of this.
Thank you :-D

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Hi Paul

Apologies that I have not been around for a while.

Did you have any success with getting education software via the UDERB or Uconnect people?

I see from the other thread that Daniel may also be able to help you with software.

So, is there more software that you need and, if so, please can you let us know what?

Mary

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Hi,

Here are some sites that have free educational downloads and/or online educational tools that may be good to use with the kids:

http://www.sofotex.com/download/Education/

http://freeware.intrastar.net/education.htm

http://www.freeworksheets.com/

http://www.yourchildlearns.com/owlmouse.htm

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/teachers.htm

http://kidgen.net/downloads/index.htm

http://www.educational-freeware.com/freeware/

These are but a few.

Would you prefer CDs that can be loaded onto the computers?
I do have a bunch that I could send if interested. They work on various operating systems, so not sure if you could use all of them. Let me know if you would like them and where to send them if you are interested.

Barb

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Hello Neighbours,
Yes thank you so much for the search thogh some i need to pay some funds to down load .
But still i do request that if you can down Load it for me i would be very grateful and i will turn it to the CDs if possible.
But i still thank you so much may you continue to search and i do request that we visit even other sites for contribution.
Software for kids will help us so much to bring up children when they have the expirience.
In Uganda people are buying computers even if they don't know how to use the and most schools here they train adults only and for us we talked with the teachers we will be trainning from 6 years to any age.
I'm proud to tell you that i got a teacher with a diploma who is willing to come and teach. :-D

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Hi Paul

If you are having problems downloading software from websites due to cost or size of files then one of us should be able to do it for you. We can put it on a CD and send it, although it may take a few weeks to get there.

Please let us know, and what address it should be sent to.

UDERB website says they provide stuff on CD. As they are in Uganda the quickest answer is probably for you to call or email them and see if they can help you. contact details are at http://www.uderb.org/contact

Mary

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Hi all,

Thanks for the help!
Paul's postal address is:

Paul Bulenzi
P.O BOX 1540
JINJA
Uganda

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Hi Barb and Mary
Thank you so much we will be going with the teacher UDERB and we see how they will help us.
As i told you we got a trained teacher who is willing to work with us so i know all your support is not in vain.
Am very gratefull for all the iniciative.

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Hi Barb

A lot of the files on those sites you found are quite big so I suspect Paull will have trouble downloading them.

Are you able to download to CD and send to him? If not, I will download some of them and send, although as I don't have children it may be difficult for me to judge which ones are best!

Mary

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I have just joined the village. Here are a few sites that I found for software:

http://www.coffeecup.com/k12/
"CoffeeCup Software's K-12 Donation Program allows public schools to request our Educational Software Package (ESP) Free for classroom use to elementary and secondary public schools, and public libraries"

http://www.opensourceafrica.org/
"An introduction to open source software for non-profit organisations"

http://www.yourchildlearns.com/owlmouse.htm
"Help your child learn with games, software and educational activities from Owl & Mouse Educational Software. Early reading software—phonics software, alphabet games, and Dolch sight words in a fairy tale story. All of it FREE! Free online USA maps, world maps, map of Europe, map puzzles of the US, Europe, Africa, Asia, and many more."

http://www.edu-soft.org/index.php
"ESC (Educational Software Cooperative) is a non-profit corporation bringing together developers, publishers, distributors and users of educational software." :-)

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Hi Mary and Paul,

Yes I probably can download these and burn to CD - just need to make sure they work, because if the downloads differ between operating systems, then I may have a problem. I am on a Mac which may not be compatible with other systems. Some of the sites I listed are online ones as well, meaning there is no need to download or burn anything. The website could just be bookmarked and the application is run online. These would involve no expense. There was one that had world maps. For example, there was a map of Africa and the country pieces would all be placed onto the map. There was also a version for capital cities in Africa, and other parts of the world, that would be useful for geography. Here is the website again:

http://www.yourchildlearns.com/owlmouse.htm

I also have about 5 or 6 CDs (purchased versions) that I am willing to send as well.

Barb

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Hi my dear naighbours,
Thank you so much for all the search Barb you can burn some and send to me and am very grayefull for those that you are already have for Jinja Central.
Kim you are never late thank you for links provided my dear sister Mary has more knowledge with computer will also go thruogh and advise as well as my facilitator Pelle so you are most welcome Pelle posted my adress you can send CDs if you can to help us teach, thats if you can.Please particpate in other discusions too for we are stilll on the Journey not yet on the other side.
Mary i hope you help me on that thank you.

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Hi Barb

Ah - didn't realise you were using a Mac! If you have trouble, let me know and I will do it from here - its not a problem, especially as I am a neighbour of another village that might find it useful too, so I can send it to them as well! I see there are also more sites with good software links under the other training task so it could be good to send some of these too.

I guess the training that is done online will have to wait a while - as I understand it, the centre is going to start without internet access due to cost, with it being added later once they are making enough money to keep it going. But its all good links for the future!!!

Paul/Pelle - what operating system are the computers going to be running and what other software do they already have loaded on them, or do you intend to add? This will be relevant for finding stuff both under this and the other training task. Also, what is Daniel providing?

Mary

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Hi!

I emailed Pelle to find out about what operating system and other software is on the computers and he said:

Quote:
The PC’s have Windows XP, they all have a CD player, one has a DVD burner.

No other software is installed. Paul says he will be able to get Office locally.

I think this is also the kind of software Daniel is going to help with: general applications, such as office software.

Any real educational software is welcome, I’m not sure how widespread that is in Uganda.


Thanks Pelle!

Mary

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Hi Barb

Lots of sites full of education software have been mentioned here and also under the other training task - its now a case of picking out the stuff that looks most useful...

If you have not had a chance to put some of it onto CDs, let me know and I will try and do it over the weekend. Or it may be that the ones you already have will include everything Paul is likely to need?

Mary

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