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Free Software

Open-source and free software tools can used instead of purchasing commercial software.  Below are some selected options that have been tested by classes at BDHS.


Google Drive (Web Based) – Use Google's cloud software to store and edit text documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.  Your work is saved as you type. Students can share documents so that a whole group can collaborate on the same document at the same time.

Open Office (Install) – Enables students to create typed documents, presentations, spreadsheets and publishing media.


Audacity (Install) - Record and edit audio to enhance school projects.

GIMP (Install) - An open-source alternative to Photoshop to professionally create & edit pictures.

Open Broad Caster Software (Install) – Used to record your computer screen. Can be used to record a video analysis of course content or presentation of work completed on a computer.

Scratch Programming (Web or Install) – Make interactive stories and games while learning fundamental computer programming concepts.  Can be accessed on the web or installed on Linux, Mac, and Windows computers.​