Friday, May 28, 2010

Gadgets/ Open Source Software for kids

The following is a list of open source software and Gadgets that are educational but also fun. Some require a username and login and some need to be installed , but they are free!!!!


Flash based Fun Type creator. Select different type at the top bar. Embed the code in your website or email to a friend. Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.

  • Create your own smileys and illustrated words
  • Use them instantly to send and post messages to your favourite blogs or social networks

It's easy to use and it only takes a few minutes to create your first smiley.

“...Picnik offers the editing capabilities of photo-editing software that costs $80 or more and also syncs up easily to your favorite photo-hosting sites...”

—, December 14, 2007

FontStruct is a free font-building tool brought to you by the world’s leading retailer of digital type, FontShop.

FontStruct lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks

The Form Letter Machine is a program that will help you to write letters and emails by mixing and matching from pre-written paragraphs.

It's useful for people who regularly need to send out emails which include different components in different circumstances. For example if you field technical support requests, or if you need to reply to various inquiries, etc.

DC Tiles is a customizable tile matching (memory) game where you turn over tiles to try to find matching pairs.

However, what's special about DC Tiles is that you can easily use your own images (and sounds even) and create fun games to send to your friends and family, or make a game using pictures of your kids or pets. The game supports multiple difficulty levels and scores you on your performance - great fun to compete with your kids.

Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too.

Syncing files between different computers, Macs and PCs alike, isn’t a new idea. But Dropbox does it better than any service I’ve yet seen. The transfers are fast and seamless, and the first two gigabytes of storage space are free.

And one of my favorite features of Dropbox is its built-in version control. If you change a file and later regret the changes you made, don’t worry—you can go back to Dropbox’s web site and retrieve an older version. Pretty cool stuff.

From macworld

Use Evernote to save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer, phone or device you use. For free.

ipadio - Talk to your World ipadio allows you to broadcast from any phone to the Internet live. Phone blog, collect audio data, record and update the world, or simply let your mates know what you're doing - ipadio is integrated with Social Media & Blogging platforms.

Try out the full feature set of ArtRage Studio Pro for 30 days with this demonstration version. The demo installer includes sample resources such as stickers with presets for the sticker spray to demonstrate what they can do, stencils and canvas presets, and the full manual as a reference. The demonstration runs for 30 days, has limited ability to add user resources and allows limited image export.

Fun photo game a toy to print, download and make everyday. Download the template and make your own or just print the ones out that are made. is an online font generator that allows you to create your own OpenType fonts within a couple of minutes. Go make your own handwriting as a font! An Open Source vector graphics editor, with capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X, using the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.

Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation.

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. QR –code Generator. For mobile phone use.

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Steetmuseum IPhone App use augmented reality

The Museum of London recently released a free iPhone app called Streetmuseum which incorporates their extensive art and photographic collections with augmented reality. According to the museum, the application would be providing users a window through time. The app leads you to various locations around London using either the map or GPS. Once you’re there, click the “3D View” button, and the app will recognize the location and overlay the historical photograph over the live video feed of the real world, giving you a brief glimpse into how the past looked - just like in the image above. More images after the jump!

This app allows the present and the past to collide and share their secrets. Streetmuseum opens up the city in new and exciting ways. The launch of the Streetmuseum app is an exciting development for the Museum of London.” – Jack Lohman, Director of the Museum of London.


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