Childrens Linux his site aims to be a resource for folks looking for good software for their young children to enjoy and learn with on linux. It would also be fun to eventually come up with a kid-centric linux distribution, so some resources towards that end may be found here as well. Below you will find some software resources, but there is also a page being built of websites that have online activities that should run under linux and other items of interest.
Childs Play Childsplay is a 'suite' of educational games for young children, like gcompris, but without the overkill of c/c++ and the gnome environ.:-) Also the use of the SDL libraries makes smooth animation and the playing of sound very easy. Childsplay uses a plugin system for the games, so you might want to check the childsplay-plugins page. (There are two built-in games; Memory and a typing game) Childsplay and the games are GNU-GPL licensed and are tested on GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and the Windows platforms. (98/ME/2K/XP)
France to install Linux in schools an agreement struck October 28 between AFUL (the French association of Linux users) and the French Ministry of Education, AFUL will assist with installing Linux and Free Software networks in high schools, junior high schools and primary schools throughout France.
GCompris GCompris is an educational software which propose different activities to kids from 2 to 10 years old.
Getting Linux Into The Schools The Linux community has been extremely focused lately on getting Linux onto the desktop and into peoples homes. Much work as been done in making Linux more user friendly, more graphically oriented, easier to install and maintain. I consider this a good thing for the most part. However, the Linux community as a whole has ignored one major aspect of making Linux more popular, and that is getting it into schools and letting students work with it.
Linux for Schools It's not just that Linux us free, but that as a means of getting your network on the Internet and protected from the nasties that are out there, Linux is the fastest and most secure choice. Linux is a revolutionary departure from the commercial, license orientated software that you are used to buying in a box from a retail store. Linux has been developed by geeks, people with a passion for computing. It has been developed by Universities and individuals the world over, and in the last couple of years has left the shadows of IT professionals and is becoming a a strong contender in the market place today.
School Library.Net Free Software, Open Source resources for Students, Teachers & Schools This page is a listing of Open Source and other free software for schools. Some Windows applications are available here, as well as the Linux apps and the Linux Operating system, plus resources and some applications that will run on either Linux or Windows. Included are office and productivity tools that will exchange documents with MS products, edutainment, and other applications for schools, teachers and students. I am very, very excited to play a role in trying to bring these excellent, money saving solutions to schools, and am presently using Linux at home and at school. I highly recommend to any educator, adminstrator or media specialist to learn as much as possible about these products.
Children's Software for Linux Educators and parents know the value of using Linux in the classroom. The links in this list are your guide to what is available in educational and gaming software for young minds. "Using open source software, you teach co-operation and community, you teach them that everyone is a participant, you teach them that even that lowly 486 they got from Uncle Ted is a useful machine that can be recycled rather than used for landfill. You teach them that while computers are still buggy, a "bug" is an opportunity to learn and to make new friends, and you teach them that even one small voice can teach the world a new song." --- from "Elementary Linux: Penguins in the School"
GQuiz GQuiz just randomizes the order of the questions, eliminates consecutive repetitions (except for the last question), and keeps track of which ones you've gotten right "enough" times to eliminate (temporarily) from the collection, allowing you to focus on the ones you're finding more difficult and ones you haven't seen yet.
Gtyping Gtyping is GTK+/GNOME typing program. It provide character typing on a GUI keyboard, a typing tutor that uses a text file, and a simple typing game.
Hanzi Master Hanzi Master ("hanzim") is a Chinese character learning-aid program I've written. It is designed to help you memorize characters by leading you to internalize their various systematicities.
Kard Kard is a game for small children, aged 2 to 7. Its aim is to help develop memory and concentration. It is based on the "memory" game.
KTouch KTouch is a program for learning touch typing. KTouch is a way to learn to type on a keyboard quickly and correctly.
Linux for Kids Our goal is to "develop a central organization to provide help for educators seeking the advantages of open resources and open source/free software. Composed of more than 30 open-resource-focused educational organizations on five continents, the all-volunteer Schoolforge project hopes to harness the collective strengths of educators by enabling them to share technical and pedagogical expertise far beyond their localities." LinuxForKids is a proud member of the SchoolForge project
Linux Letters and Numbers This is based on my daughters (formerly) favorite game, Larry's Learning Letters and Numbers. This is a Linux replacement, written from scratch, with many improvements. It was built using the GTK (Gimp ToolKit) for X. It presently works with 1.0.x and 1.1.x, but images load faster with the newer library. I wrote it in C, and is the first real program I've written for Linux. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, however bear in mind that it is the first public release and probably isn't bug free. Use it at your own risk. It is intended for children 2 and up, and is a fun learning game. It helps younger chilren learn their letters and numbers, while older children will improve their spelling, and vocabulary skills. It also helps them develop important keyboard and mouse skills too.
Linux Letters and Numbers This is based on my daughters (formerly) favorite game, Larry's Learning Letters and Numbers. This is a Linux replacement, written from scratch, with many improvements. It was built using the GTK (Gimp ToolKit) for X. It presently works with 1.0.x and 1.1.x, but images load faster with the newer library. I wrote it in C, and is the first real program I've written for Linux. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, however bear in mind that it is the first public release and probably isn't bug free. Use it at your own risk.
Promath Promath is a versatile math training tutorial that produces quizzes according to student's needs.
Setup of Linux for children I have one Linux machine at home (actually more but the others are reserved for the parents) and I wondered if it was possible to use the multi-user and multi-task abilities of Unix to setup a nice playing environment for my children. They are two, currently 7 months old and 2.2 years old. The eldest cannot yet type his login name and password :-) I wanted the setup to be: Interesting for very young children: games, nice images. Later, they'll use LaTeX for school assignments but it is not yet the time. Reasonably safe: the same machine is used by me for work and is the home router and server (email, Web caching, etc). With a toy operating system, like MS-Windows or MacOS, you cannot let a child play freely: one mistake, and the system is gone. Unix, being multi-user, brought the hope of a safely separated environment. And multi-tasking let the Web cache or the mail server run even when a child is playing with Stickers. Note that safety of the physical computer is a different matter: no operating system will
Sticker Book Sticker Book is a program which lets you place images on a background scene. Every parent surely knows how much fun kids have with these.
The Linux for Schools Project Downloads About the Linux for Schools Project The goals of this project are to help schools do the following on their internal networks: Manage Linux user accounts in bulk Set up PHP and MySQL enabled personal webspace Encourage pupils to write their own home pages Help pupils learn the multi-user Linux environment. The project is supported by St John's School in Northwood, London, UK. St John's uses a Red Hat Linux 6.0 based server to provide MySQL and PHP enabled web space, shell access and Pine based email to a network of 24 Research Machines PCs running Windows 98. The single Linux machine is now used by 150 boys under the age of 14 for lessons in web programming, Unix commands, network chat and email etiquette
TuxTyping TuxTyping is an educational typing tutor for children starring Tux, the Linux Penguin.
XArchon XArchon is a game for for Unix-like systems like Linux, Solaris and the BSD family running the X11 windowing system.