KDE-Made Educational Software for Kids and Adults

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KDE-Made Educational Software for Kids and Adults: The KDE Education Project is developing high-quality, handy educational software for the K Desktop Environment. Its primary focus is on schoolchildren aged 3 to 18 and on specialized user interface needs of young users. In addition, several programs were also made to aid teachers in planning lessons, and others that are of interest to university students and anyone else with a desire to learn.

To add to our list of Free and Open Source educational software applications, here are some of the best KDE-made programs for learning that you may also find interesting and useful:

KLettres aims to help to learn the alphabet and then to read some syllables in different languages. It is meant to help learning the very first sounds of a new language, for children or for adults.

Currently available are: Czech, British English, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Low Saxon, Luganda, Romanized Hindi, Spanish and Slovak, you can choose using the Languages menu. A toolbar with the special characters per language is now provided if you don't have the correct country keyboard or the keyboard layout to be able to display correctly the accented letters.

More about KLettres HERE

Kanagram is a replacement for KMessedWords, and is new in KDE 3.5. Kanagram mixes up the letters of a word (creating an anagram), and you have to guess what the mixed up word is. Kanagram features several built-in word lists, hints, and a cheat feature which reveals the original word. Kanagram also has a vocabulary editor, so you can make your own vocabularies, and distribute them through Kanagram's KNewStuff download service.

More about Kanagram HERE

KHangman is 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.

The words are nouns and available in twenty-four languages at the moment: Czech, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Norwegian (Bokmål), Norwegian (Nynorsk), Polish, Portuguese, Spanish , Slovenian, Serbian Latin , Serbian Cyrillic, Slovak, Swedish, Tajik and Turkish. The program will detect which languages are present and enable them. In KDE 3.2 you have all the languages but in KDE 3.3.x and in the next KDE 3.4, you will get only english plus the data in the language you use in kde provided it exists. You will also be able to easily download other languages via the Get New Stuff dialog (3 clicks and your data will be installed).

More about KHangman HERE

Kig is a program for exploring geometric constructions. It is meant as a better replacement for such free programs as KGeo, KSeg and Dr. Geo and commercial programs like Cabri.

Kig is meant as a useful and powerful utility for high school students and teachers, and as a fun project for me and others.

More about Kig HERE

KmPlot is a mathematical function plotter for the KDE-Desktop. It has built in a powerfull parser. You can plot different functions simultaneously and combine their function terms to build new functions. KmPlot supports functions with parameters and functions in polar coordinates. Several grid modes are possible. Plots may be printed with high precision in correct scale.

More about KMPlot HERE


KWordQuiz is a general purpose flash card program. It can be used for vocabulary learning and many other subjects. If you need more advanced language learning features, please try KVocTrain.

KWordQuiz is the KDE version of the Windows program WordQuiz. If you have just switched to KDE/Linux you can use all files created in WordQuiz with KWordQuiz.

More about KWordQuiz HERE


KStars is 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. The display includes 130,000 stars, 13,000 deep-sky objects,all 8 planets, the Sun and Moon, and thousands of comets and asteroids.

More about KStars HERE


Parley is a program to help you memorize things.

Parley supports many language specific features but can be used for other learning tasks just as well. It uses the spaced repetition learning method, also known as flash cards.

More about Parley HERE

Visit the KDE Education Project website HERE; help and support free/open-source software.

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