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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Argunet - visualisation of an argument!


When it comes to writing, many students feel at a loss especially about argumentative writing. How can we help them? Well there is no easy solution but again, Open Source comes to our rescue. Today we are presenting Argunet which offers both an argument editor (similar to Argumentative) and a library of arguments that students can browse and analyze.

You can use it on a standalone system or in a client-server setup to encourage collaboration among students or debate teams. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

For some students, dividing their ideas in paragraphs or chapters is not enough. In this case, argunet, in a graphical way, helps students to organise and present their ideas in an easier way.


 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

OpenStack: cloud solution for schools


Schools rely more on data and information nowadays. Teachers and students are on the move, they need to access some data not only when at school, but as well after school hours or during holidays. Where can one store all that information? What about security?

Today we are presenting a cloud solution: OpenStack. OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.  One can use OpenStack for networking and content delivery; management tools; deployment tools; application services and monitoring and metering.

Learn more about OpenStack's compute, storage, networking, take a tour of the dashboard, or dive in and learn how to get started with OpenStack today.
 


Monday, October 16, 2017

GNU Health


How secure are our computer systems in our hospitals? What if they are hacked? What about our personal data? Well open source is open source. If some one tries to install a code to extract information, because it is open source one can deduct it immediately because nothing is hidden. When one is using propriety programs one has to rely on a small number of people to solve problems. It might take ages and it’s rather costly. In the open source world, anyone can build or adapt (change) the program!

An official GNU project, this award-winning application combines EMR functionality with a hospital information system and a health information system. It was designed to comply with industry standards, and it's been adopted by the United Nations University. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X!

To download it: http://health.gnu.org/

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Alchemy


Some of our art students have asked for open source programs. Today we are presenting Alchemy. It could be installed on Windows, Mac and Linux computers!
Alchemy consists of a growing number of ‘modules’ that can be added or removed at will. Using a given module you can do things like:
  • Shout at the computer. Use your voice to control the width of a line or the form of a shape.
  • Draw ‘blind’. Turn off the canvas display and explore what shapes emerge from the ‘darkness’.
  • Create random shapes. Generate shapes that can be used as a starting point for characters, spaceships, or whatever shape you see in the ‘clouds’.
  • Mirror draw. Draw mirrored symmetrical forms in realtime.
  • Randomise. Mess up and distort shapes.

Global Features

Other global features place focus on the ‘process’ of drawing, letting you do things like:
  • Record a drawing ’session’. Automatically save the contents of the canvas to a page in a PDF file at set intervals.
  • Auto-clear the canvas. Start drawing on a clean slate at set intervals. Force yourself to start over fresh.
  • Switch the canvas. Automatically open your sketch in a more ‘conventional’ drawing application, either as a bitmap or vector file.
  • Avoid distraction. Alchemy has a very minimal interface, just a simple toolbar that dissapears magically, and a fullscreen mode to block everything else out.
Whatever you need to know before installing (or any help after installing), could be found on this webpage

 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

3 D Slicer

Students studying medicine are really bombarded with propriety software! That means that it will only be allowed to be used against payment. This might be a hindrance to some students in some countries. But the news is not all black. Today we are presenting slicer.

3D Slicer is an open source software platform for medical image informatics, image processing, and three-dimensional visualization. Built over two decades through support from the National Institutes of Health and a worldwide developer community, Slicer brings free, powerful cross-platform processing tools to physicians, researchers, and the general public.

The same website from where one can download it, has practically everything: tutorials, notes, examples etc….But if you still prefer videos, then go for this link.



Monday, September 4, 2017

Class computers management


It’s always a headache when students have their own laptop or electronic device. How can the teacher keep everything under control? Today we are suggesting another program which can help the teacher to do lots of things at the same time (multi tasking).

With Veyon you always have full control over your classroom. You can see all computer screens in an icon view and access individual computers with just one click. Taking screenshots of computers is a one-click operation as well. Draw attention to your lesson by locking all computers and blocking input devices with the help of just one button.



Monday, August 21, 2017

Internships in Open Source


Most students, parents and teachers think about the future. What career is available to students? Some students lament that the difference between the school and the business world is too much. How can they know prospective employers and their real world? How can one transit from school to work in a good manner?
Well we always supported open and free sources. We are supplying a list of internships. What’s an internship?
An internship is a job training for white collar and professional careers.[1][2]
Internships for professional careers are similar in some ways but not as rigorous as apprenticeships for professions, trade and vocational jobs,[3] but the lack of standardisation and oversight leaves the term open to broad interpretation.[4][5] Interns may be college or university students, high school students, or post-graduate adults. These positions may be paid or unpaid and are usually temporary.