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.