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"LEVAN (Learn EVerything about ANything) is building a visual encyclopedia by automatically searching the Google Books library". It is open source.
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A Wordpress plugin that extends PressBooks for textbook authoring.
https://github.com/BCcampus/pressbooks-textbook

More information is here: http://clintlalonde.net/2014/03/10/how-bccampus-pressbooks-is-different-than-pressbooks-com/

Another option in the works is OERPub's textbook editor: http://oerpub.org/tools/
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"OpenRocket is an open source model rocket simulator that students can use to develop and test rocket designs."
OpenRocket is an open source model rocket simulator that students can use to develop and test rocket designs. Students build their rocket designs by assembling pieces from the component gallery. As they add components to thei...
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This is the fastest way to start getting hands-on experience with Linux Server. Start your life-long love affair with the “short stack” (V2.3). Levinux (download ~20 MB) is a tiny virtual Linux server that runs from USB or Dropbox with a double-click (no install or admin rights required) on Macs, Windows or Linux PCs—making it the …
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I had a try and find it is extremely a good tool for me to learn python!
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It was our pleasure that Matthieu Aubry was presenting Piwik at the Mahara Hui conference in Wellington, New Zealand.

Here are the slides of the presentation “Analytics for ePortfolios”:
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Mahara is a stand-alone system that can be integrated into a wider virtual learning framework. We believe the Learning Management System remains a highly useful application for delivering learning. We also believe the overall environment can be enhanced and complemented by a learner-centred personal learning environment such as Mahara. Pan-institutional learner communities can also be encouraged using Mahara. 
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SALSA is an open source syllabus creator tool out of USU: http://salsa.usu.edu/

The source code is here: https://github.com/idbygeorge/salsa

It promotes:
 * learner-centric and accessible formatting
 * well-defined learning outcomes/objectives
 * inclusion of required policies: accommodations for students with disabilities, academic honesty, course evaluations, etc.
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Ubermix, an Ubuntu Linux OS distribution tailored for education, has released version 2.0, based on Ubuntu 14.04
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Scratch has been open sourced.  (it's still in flash, not HTML5) https://github.com/LLK/scratch-flash

The HTML5 player is still under construction, about 40% complete: https://github.com/LLK/scratch-html5
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"IPAL is a free Moodle module (plug-in) that enables in-class polling."
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We've made a free widget to embed Python into any web page using the open source skulpt project.  We intend it for teaching and would love help evaluating compatibility with various teaching and blogging platforms:
https://trinket.io/python
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"EduCoin (EDU) is an open source peer-to-peer cryptographic currency designed for use in a wide range of educational transactions.

Just as Bitcoin is radically re-inventing the future of money, EduCoin will reshape education everywhere. As the first bitcoin-based digital currency for education, EduCoin aims to be the worldwide standard for transactions between students, educators, and third parties.

Beyond the basic conveniences that digital currency offers, EduCoin has the potential for use across the education economy: school fees & scholarships, microtransactions on campus, kickstarting education, tipping in MOOCs, crowdfunding research, and above all, generating wider access to world class education. "
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"Slate is like an open-source alternative to Pearson's PowerSchool. They both do a little bit of everything (e.g., managing student information and demographics, offering a blogging engine, contact directory, advanced reporting) and they integrate with third-party apps. But where PowerSchool nudges its users toward other Pearson products and places restrictions on its integrations, Slate gives a school enough basic functionality out-of-the-box that literally a one-person development team can integrate and manage a school's whole technology system."
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One question I want to ask is that would you tell me more details about slate? Such as where can I find the user manual? Why I cannot get the source code in Github? Thanks very much.
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Students in a college engineering course used https://openstaxtutor.org/ a free, open source online homework system from Duke and Rice Universities, and showed improvements in performance.  Looks like the code is here: https://github.com/openstax/tutor

And see also OpenStax College which provides free textbooks: https://openstaxcollege.org/
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Open source alternative to Evernote
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That is cool.  I might run my own instance of this if I can.
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