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Visual explanations of different concepts.  Now open source: https://github.com/vicapow/explained-visually
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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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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.

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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
might be a great expansion.
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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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"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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Uses the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) software, part of the Open Source Physics project: http://www.opensourcephysics.org/index.cfm
 
"The EJS Electric Field: What is Wrong? Package is a collection of models for electrostatics with errors intentionally built into each model.  Users can move charges around and see the force, observe the electric field generated by charge configurations, and observe the motion of test particles in electric fields to try to identify the errors in the simulation. "
http://www.opensourcephysics.org/items/detail.cfm?ID=9964
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Paperwork - OpenSource note-taking & archiving alternative to Evernote, Microsoft OneNote & Google Keep
Paperwork. Paperwork - OpenSource note-taking & archiving alternative to Evernote, Microsoft OneNote & Google Keep. View the Project on GitHub twostairs/paperwork · Download ZIP File · Download TAR Ball · View On GitHub. Paperwork - OpenSource note-taking & archiving ...
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Demo of Browsercast, which lets you link a deck.js HTML5 slideshow with an audio voiceover (as an alternative to video screencasts): https://github.com/twitwi/deck.browsercast.js
The Japanese wrote haikus... Shakespeare wrote sonnets... And we... write PowerPoint. A lot of people blame PowerPoint for bad presentations... ...but that's like blaming fountain pens for bad poetry. The real problem with tools like PowerPoint... ...is that they aren't web-friendly.
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Coffeequate: A computer algebra system for JavaScript
http://matthewja.com/Coffeequate/
open source: https://github.com/MatthewJA/Coffeequate

See also https://github.com/aantthony/javascript-cas

Other non-browser-based computer algebra systems (open source and not) are listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_computer_algebra_systems
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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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"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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Tell me if this sounds familiar: You took a class in high school or college because you had to. Or because your first choice class was already full. Or because your crush was taking it. But then that class changed your life. Maybe in a small way, where you're interested in that subject as a ...
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How do you organize large numbers of people for a common purpose? For millenia, the answer has been some sort of hierarchical organization. An army, or a feudal system topped with a king. To reach global scale, these hierarchies propagated customs and codes for behavior: laws, religions, ...
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"A super easy way to collaboratively create a playlist of mini games with your friends. Each person can add a link to one or more mini games to the playlist and instantly play them as one massive game. Mobile-friendly and 100% open-source."
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As a teacher, I strongly recommend this free app for Android:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.labeldroid.cuaderno.lite&hl=en
It’s a very useful version of the classic Teacher’s Notebook, with multiple tools, and a handy management of daily tasks, more complete and quicker than traditional paper agendas. 
The team of uni researchers who developed this app is also very helpful and open to comments and improvements, and that’s one of the reasons this app is gaining users everyday both in its English and Spanish versions.  
Here’s manual to explore all its possibilities: http://goo.gl/My5AMl
This LITE version is completely functional, and it is only limited to two g...
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AgentScript - an agent-based modeling framework based on Netlogo, but it runs in the browser (coffeescript/javascript).
http://agentscript.org/
https://github.com/backspaces/agentscript

See also AgentBase - apparently a fork of AgentScript
http://agentbase.org/
https://github.com/wybo/agentbase
Agentscript : Minimalist Agent Based Modeling (ABM) framework based on NetLogo
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