KDE Education Project – educational software for children and adults

The KDE Education Project was started in July 2001. The goal of the project is to develop Free Educational Software (GPL licence) within the KDE environment. This software is mainly aimed to schools, to students and to parents at home as well as to adults willing to extend their knowledge.

KDE-Edu offers a wide range of applications from language-building apps like Kanagram and KWordQuiz to math-related ones such as KAlgebra and KBruch to blinken and KTurtle that fall under the Miscellaneous Edutainment category.

The KDE Education Suite is part of a standard installation of KDE 4.

Features include:

  • Languages
    • Letter Order Game (Kanagram) – mixes up the letters of a word (creating an anagram), and you have to guess what the mixed up word is.
    • Hangman Game (KHangMan) – the classical hangman game. The child should guess a word letter by letter. At each miss, the picture of a hangman appears. After 10 tries, if the word is not guessed, the game is over and the answer is displayed.
    • Japanese Reference/Study Tool (Kiten).
    • Learn the Alphabet (KLettres) – aims to help to learn the alphabet and then to read some syllables in different languages.
    • Flash Card Trainer (KWordQuiz) – a general purpose flash card program. It can be used for vocabulary learning and many other subjects.
    • Vocabulary Trainer (Parley) – a program to help you memorize things.
  • Mathematics
    • Graph Calculator (KAlgebra) – a mathematical calculator based content markup MathML language. Nowadays it is capable to make simple MathML operations (arithmetic and logical) and 2D and 3D graphs.
    • Exercise Fractions (KBruch) – a small program to practice calculating with fractions.
    • Interactive Geometry (Kig) – a program for exploring geometric constructions.
    • Mathematical Function Plotter (KmPlot).
    • Educational Programming Environment (KTurtle) – an educational programming environment for the KDE Desktop. KTurtle aims to make programming as easy and touchable as possible, and therefore can be used to teach kids the basics of math, geometry and… programming.
  • Chemical:
    • Periodic Table of the Elements (Kalzium) – an application which will show you some information about the periodic system of the elements.
  • Teaching:
    • Blinken (blinken) – Classic Electronic Simon Game.
    • Geography Trainer (KGeography) – a geography learning program.
    • Touch Typing Tutor (KTouch) – offers you an easy way to learn to type quickly and correctly.
  • Astronomy:
    • Desktop Planetarium (KStars) – a Desktop Planetarium for KDE. It provides an accurate graphical simulation of the night sky, from any location on Earth, at any date and time.
    • Desktop Globe (Marble) – a Virtual Globe and World Atlas that you can use to learn more about Earth: You can pan and zoom around and you can look up places and roads.
    • Interactive Physics simulator (Step) – place some bodies on the scene, add some forces such as gravity or springs, then click “Simulate” and Step shows you how your scene will evolve according to the laws of physics.

Website: edu.kde.org
Support: Mailing List
Developer: KDE e.V.
License: GNU GPL

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