Linux With Education – Learning Environments – Best Free Software

Last Updated on June 3, 2021

A good learning environment helps support teaching, learning and research and for anyone who needs to organize, contextualize, and access digital information.

Research shows that learning is more productive when it’s fun and effective. Igniting young people’s curiosity and encouraging them to fulfill their potential is made easier with a good learning environment, as they learn with understanding.

Our goal medal goes to Kojo; it’s used in schools around the world.

All of our medal winners are, of course, released under a freely distributable license and can be downloaded without charge. With even tighter constraints facing the public sector, cost is an important consideration for any information and communication technology solution.

Learning Environments - Best Free Software
Gold medal awardKojo is a Learning Environment where youngsters (from ages 8 to 80) play, create, and learn. Play with small Scala programs. Create drawings, animations, games, and Arduino based intelligent circuits (with appropriate additional hardware). And also learn logical and creative thinking, programming, math, physics, emotional grit, and collaboration (via pair programming).
License: GNU General Public License v3
Silver medal awardVisual Understanding Environment (VUE) is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information.
License: Education Community License v2
Bronze medal awardProcessing is an open-source programming language that is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and anyone who wants to program images, animation, and interactivity.
License: GNU Lesser General Public License and GNU General Public License

Kojo has many different features that enable playing, exploring, creating, and learning in the areas of computer programming, mental skills, (interactive) math, graphics, art, music, science, animation, games, and electronics.

Numerous tools currently exist for locating digital information, but few applications are available for making sense of the information available to us. As the availability of digital information continues to increase, VUE sets itself apart as a flexible tool to help faculty and students integrate, organize and contextualize electronic content in their work.

If you want a complete desktop environment specifically designed for interactive learning, don’t forget about Sugar. Designed by Sugar Labs, it’s an excellent collaborative learning platform.

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