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Take a look at two open source applications that bring the far reaches of space a little bit closer.
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"ubermix is an all-free, specially built, Linux-based operating system designed from the ground up with the needs of education in mind. Built by educators with an eye towards student and teacher empowerment, ubermix takes all the complexity out of student devices by making them as reliable and easy-to-use as a cell phone, without sacrificing the power and capabilities of a full operating system. With a turn-key, 5 minute installation, 20 second quick recovery mechanism, and more than 60 free applications pre-installed, ubermix turns whatever hardware you have into a powerful device for learning."
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thanks Brian for providing an open source smart board program. My point is however that whilst other companies are boasting of providing so much material for students and schools, we, the linux people, are going to miss the bus again by being too silent and not providing easy to follow instructions and/or materials/programs for teachers and students.  I truly believe that those companies who get to the young children first, will have an important place in their choices later on in life.
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"Beetle Blocks is a graphical blocks-based programming environment for 3D design and fabrication."

source code: https://github.com/ericrosenbaum/BeetleBlocks
Please note: Beetle Blocks is alpha software, currently in development. Only the Chrome browser is currently supported. We'd love to hear your feature requests and bug reports on github. Open the editor. About. Beetle Blocks is a graphical blocks-based programming environment for 3D design and ...
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Openki - open source course organization platform developed using Meteor.js

source code: https://github.com/schuel/hmmm/
“An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.” Anatole France. “Too often students are given answers to remember, rather than problems to solve”. Roger Lewin ...
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An open source learning platform - source is here: https://code.google.com/p/oppia/
Oppia is a free, open-source learning platform. Join the community to create or try an exploration today!
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"Over 5,400 Harvard University websites have been created with OpenScholar so far, serving over a million page views a week -- plus it has good multilingual support."

More about OpenScholar here: http://theopenscholar.org/
OpenScholar is a Drupal-based content management system designed specifically for academic use, created by Harvard University and released under an open source license. So what? Well okay you so what types... this tool aims to solve the "Babel Tower" problem many academic institutions face.
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CyberCourse is also based on Drupal.
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"HabitRPG is an open source habit building program which treats your life like a Role Playing Game. Level up as you succeed, lose HP as you fail, earn money to buy weapons and armor."

Main website at: https://habitrpg.com/
habitrpg - A habit tracker app which treats your goals like a Role Playing Game.
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Sirius - an open source personal digital assistant (like Siri or Google Now).  Can answer questions based on Wikipedia database. More info: http://sirius.clarity-lab.org/
Source code: https://github.com/jhauswald/sirius
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"An unofficial rewrite of Scratch in JavaScript. Pixie aims to provide an application nearly identical to the current, Flash-based Scratch editor and player using only web technologies."
pixie - Unofficial rewrite of Scratch in JavaScript.
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Cellular Automata in Javascript

see also terra.js http://rileyjshaw.com/terra/
About. cellauto.js is a library for creating cellular automata simulations in Javascript. The library is tiny and is pure Javascript, requiring no third party code to run in your browser. The project is open-source and licensed under MIT. Some of the API ideas were inspired by the excellent ...
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The java circuit simulator at http://falstad.com/circuit now runs without java (using GWT).  Here is the source (GPLv2): https://github.com/sharpie7/circuitjs1
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Editor's Choice! Moodle gets reviewed and comes out on top in the latest LMS overview from +PCMag  

#moodle   #opensource   #LMS   #edtech  
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some open source platforms for universities and mobile app development
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Running open source web apps might be a bit complex for the average person.  There are some hosting providers which provide 'push button' type installations of popular web apps, such as http://sandstorm.io/

You can also run Sandstorm on your own Linux server (such as on DigitalOcean).

A related services is Reclaim Hosting https://reclaimhosting.com/which utilizes Installatron for easy web app installation.  This grew out of universities 

These also all relate to what some call the "indie web" movement, where you and/or your students can establish their own identity and space on the web with their own domain name.  You can install something like WithKnown that lets you publish on your site, but it's then forwarded to other sites like Twitter/facebook.  More info:
http://audreywatters.com/2015/04/29/reclaim-known/
http://reclaimyourdomain.org/
https://www.educause.edu/visuals/shared/er/extras/2014/ReclaimingInnovation/default.html
http://indiewebcamp.com/
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Visual explanations of different concepts.  Now open source: https://github.com/vicapow/explained-visually
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"Adapt is a free and easy to use e-learning authoring tool that creates fully responsive, multi-device, HTML5 e-learning content"  More info: https://community.adaptlearning.org/
Hi everyone,. We're delighted to announce that we have now released version 0.1.0 of the Adapt authoring tool! This is our first official release version, and represents the culmination of over a year's hard work by the Adapt developers, and the contributions from everyone in the Adapt community ...
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Meteoro is an open source Pomodoro web app created using Meteor
http://mtro.meteor.com/

Pomodoro is a technique to help with time management and productivity.  Work on one thing for 25 minutes using a timer, then take a break / reward yourself for 5 or so minutes.  More on Pomodoro: http://pomodorotechnique.com/
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Our latest contribution to #opensource  in Education is lxHive  a fast and lightweight open source xAPI conformant Learning Record Store (LRS). lxHive logs and returns activity statements as defined in the Experience API specification (formerly TinCan API) currently at xAPI Version 1.0.3.

Enjoy !
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Thanks Leo. We are in the middle of redevining our learning environment (LMSs, apps, tools, etc.) and in my opinion, lxHive
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When it comes to teaching programming in an academic setting, what is the best programming language for the job? Grace is an open source programming language specifically designed to meet the needs of teaching and learning programming in an educational setting.
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I must be missing something. The article says: "Grace is built from the ground up using our current understanding of programming languages and education research on teaching programming." So, I expect to see papers on the psychology of programming, defining the things that brains do, talking about how those things are learned, etc. Deep learning, scaffolding, mindful abstraction, novice schema development...

Where is that work?
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