I do long-term loaning of computers, so they will know that I would be
the one who will pay for any needed repairs and such, instead of them
having to do so out of their limited budgets. Also, I leave myself a
windows to "upgrade" the loaned computer, when one comes available. I
sometimes get computers donated to me for this loan/handout "cause".
The "problem" with this day care is that they seems to have bought some
math helping software for their kids to use to help with increasing
their skills. We have a lot of problems with the local schools and the
issue of low math and reading scores on the State tests. So this day
care center [and after school program] wants to have the computers be
there to help the kids improve their skills. This summer, it will have
kids 13 years old and younger there all day. Right now they have kids
too young for schools during the day and school age kids come there
after school is let out so they have a safe place till their parent[s]
get off work. It seems that this area of the State will not allow kids
13 years or under go home after school if a parent or some adult is not
there to be with them. So the after school programs are needed. Of
course, the State has just cut funding to pay for sitters and after
school programs for those low income people who cannot afford food and
day care for their young children at the same time. So they now will
have to quit work since they cannot afford to have someone watch their 4
year old kids while they are working or their older kids when school is
not open during the days they have to work.
Well, I found out about this day care center run by a Church, from my
aide who deal with the things I physically can no longer do after my
debilitating injuries and strokes. She works there when she has an
opening in she schedule as an home health care aide worker. SO, now I
have donated some art supplies, and a computer. I have offered my
support with their computer repair issues, etc., as well.
I want to help them with finding as many FREE educational packages that
work on their Windows computers. Having games that also teach math,
reading, and other language skills, tends to work for the young kids.
SO I am hoping to find some good ones. There is one game that teaches
little ones how to use the mouse in a game of "click on the moving fish".
On 05/24/2012 02:50 PM, Don C. Myers wrote:
You are most generous!!!!! I gave the our church about a 4 year old
computer with just Ubuntu on. It will do everything they need with
just the software that is available for Ubuntu (Linux), plus running
Quicken in wine. I always keep it updated to the latest Ubuntu
version. Non-Linux folks seem to learn the Unity interface very
easily. It is also attractive, which hopefully will get people to
realize there are many doors which can be opened with respect to
computing, and not just Windows.
On 05/24/2012 12:15 PM, webmaster-Kracked_P_P wrote:
I have on the Ubuntu 10.04LTS system, I will loan out to a Church's
day care center, everything that is on the application list for
Edubuntu, plus more. But all their other machines are Windows.
I was looking at what software I have on the Ubuntu/Edubuntu system
that has Windows version out there for free. That is where I say
LibreOffice.org listed in the Math software list. When I saw
LibreOffice.org listed in the math package list, I was thinking about
the Math module.
Marc listed GCompris is free on Linux, which is part of the Edubuntu
education application list, but why would they require a fee for
Windows. There is a software called Childsplay that is something
like GCompris, since I looked at both on the Ubuntu system. Then
there is Tuxmath, which is a bunch of math related games. Most of
the Edubuntu applications are listed as KDE4 packages, according to
the wiki page for Edubuntu. Kturtle is the Logo programming package.
What the day care center needs is a lot of good packages that help
with math and reading scores, the way the director was talking. So I
was looking at finding as many free math packages to include in a CD
set for her to add to their Windows computers she already has. I was
going to have LO 3.4.6 with all the extensions I use so she can
install it on those computers.
I decided to loan out my IBM server from 2002 with a 17" CRT monitor
[2nd space system that is taking up needed space] to that day care
center for a year or so, till they can afford to get a Windows
replacement, or I find a good Windows machine to replace it. The
good part of Ubuntu is any major modifications/installs/etc. requires
a SUDO password and the kids will not have that. Windows do not
offer that "security" feature.
I really think getting LibreOffice.org into computer centers, whether
it is in a day care center or some other community computer center,
is something that can have a positive effect for LO. If the kids, in
this care 13 years and under for the summer, get use to using LO on
the systems they have access to during the summer, they might want to
get their parents to install it on their home computer/laptop.
As for helping out a day care center with a long term loan of a
computer filled with educational software, if I have a spare computer
to loan, I would do so. If I get a better one donated to me by
locals, well my policy is "if I get it free, I give it out to others
for free". I am always looking out for free systems that can be
fixed up and loaded, or given, to people who need them.
As for the IBM server having Ubuntu/Edubuntu on it instead of XP,
well for some reason that server with XP installed wants me to
install external drivers for it to use thumbdrives, external hard
drives, or external optical drives, when my XP laptop installs the
drivers from internal sources. Why, that system cannot find internal
drivers for these USB devices when my XP laptop does, I have no
idea. So it got Ubuntu/Edubuntu installed on it. It has everything
they need, except for some reason when installing all the educational
packages it caused problems for it to play video files with any video
player I had installed. Well, they will not be playing DVDs on it
since it has a SCSI connection CD reader. There is no PATA/IDE ports
for a DVD drive or hard drive.
Well, keep on giving me any info you have for free educational
packages that have free Windows versions. They could sure use as
much free software as can be found.
I just liked that they had LibreOffice.org listed as a good
educational package for math.
On 05/23/2012 01:39 PM, Tom Davies wrote:
I think Edubuntu might be worth trying out?
Perhaps test-drive a LiveCd? Even tho it 'should' be about 100
times slower than a proper dual-boot install onto a normal ide
hard-drive, even bigger difference with sata and vast difference
with SSDs of course but assuming you are using Windows on a normal
ide hard-drive then a LiveCd 'should' seem about 100 times slower.
In fact it generally feels tons faster purely because of Gnu&Linux
power :) Regards from
--- On Wed, 23/5/12, Regina Henschel<email@example.com> wrote:
From: Regina Henschel<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] LibreOffice is listed as an
educational software for math
Date: Wednesday, 23 May, 2012, 17:30
I was looking for free educational software for a Church's day care
center. I looked at several sites, I saw LibreOffice.org is listed
Education Software / Mathematics on the SchoolForce.net web site.
You should install the extension dmaths in addition.
very nice mathematical things are in
http://www.mathematische-basteleien.de/index.htm. But they are mixed
over all grades and you have to store the sites locally when you
need it offline.
I am looking for good offline and free educational software for kids
under 13 years of age.
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