Below is a list of the A-Z software list that comes as part of the DEECD leased computers & some ideas on how the software may be applied in the classroom. Most of this software is open source and can be downloaded.

Please contribute your ideas here !!! and also see 101 A-Z ways to use technology in the classroom

Software Image
Adobe Flash Player
Used to create and view animated content
Adobe Reader 8
Provides options for basic PDF viewing and comment-making
Adobe Shockwave Player
Displays web content that has been created by Adobe
Apple Quicktime
A multimedia framework developed by Apple capable of handling various formats of digital video, media clips, sound, text, animation, music, and interactive panoramic images
Open source software for recording and editing sounds
* ease of use for students to create podcasts, brings in a range of literacy skills – storyboarding, planning
  • record students reading a book for a listening post activity
    - students reading and listening to themselves
  • students create their own audio books
  • podcasting to our website and also class blogs as well as audio to go over the phone system for parents to listento when they ring the school

Open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation
  • to make a 3D animation and then put into Kahootz and other programs
CD Burner XP
Application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs
Cute PDF Writer
Allows you to create PDF files from any printable document, save PDF forms using Acrobat Reader, make PDF booklets, impose, rearrange pages and more
A simple, easy to use video recorder program that lets you capture files directly of your screen and webcam* assessment for learning, evidence of what students can do
  • students to record themselves with video camera and then import into Moviemaker.
  • Have students working with a partner and have them review an application using Debut to record screen shots of stills and video and their voice explaining how the application can make them smarter. Then use the shots and video in a Google presentation that they work on together online and present to class.
  • have students read a book at different stages during the year to show their progression over time
  • for students to use on wiki pages as a way to introduce themselves
  • screen capture for students to capture what they learn, then upload to TeacherTube to share with others,
    video journals to capture current work and learning and Digital diaries at home; teacher could do a video, then ask a range of questions for students to respond.
  • children to video their oral presentations and display on IWB so that student who did presentation could be part of the audience and self-assess

DEECD Fonts Victorian Cursive
Downloadable electronic font of Victorian Modern Cursive script and allows you to make your own handwriting exercises, posters, crosswords, flashcards and other classroom resources on your computer
DVD Flick
A simple but at the same time powerful DVD authoring tool
Free Mind
A mind mapping application
  • Model the use of mind maps in representing topics
  • Student created mind maps
  • Experiment with a variety of types
  • Explore cognitive scaffolding to prompt higher order thinking
  • to demonstrate student work in progress (assessment as learning)

Allows you to make exciting computer games, without the need to write a single line of code
  • as a tool for an integrated topic - create a game based on what they've learned.
Stand for the GNU Image Manipulation Program and is a raster graphics editor used to process digital graphics and photographs
* compare Gimp and – students can make judgements, validate their choice
Google Picasa 2
Helps you organise, edit, and share your photos (also make a photostory)* use on school camps, excursions, moviemaker link to add music and narrations
  • use photos from digital miscroscopes, use Audacity for children to narrate clues for students to guess what's in the photo
  • great for scrap-booking for students - everything on the computer.
  • school newspsper put out each year - produce a collage of school evenets eg. swimming sports, camps, field trips
  • camera feature to help with reflective journals dor students and digital portfolios
Google Sketchup
Allows you to create, modify and share 3D models
  • how to use in mathematics for spatial relations -Students to do a review on one of the pieces of software, compare their findings with others who reviewed the same software and then present to the class.
  • replicate shapes for rotations and slides (NAPLAN)
  • designing a task where students make a prism using dimensions that have been set...
  • desgns for wooden signs to use in kitchen garden
  • school fire plans. Link to Google Earth - locate school and identify best location to plan a BBQ area, build a 3D model
Irfan View
An image viewer and convertor that lets you open and edit images, as well as multiple media formats
Java runtime Environment
Allows you to run Java applications
An always-ready program that instantly captures and shares images and video from your computer to anywhere.
Kahootz V3
Allows you to create, explore and invent in 3D
Check out:
  • making animations and incorporating into different areas of curriculum.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Web browser
Microsoft Office 2007
Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Groove + One note
  • One note- to capture students work as a digital portfolio; would also give parents access to their work
Microsoft Office Media Content
Includes the Microsoft Clip Organizer and a library of clip art and other media files that users can insert into Office documents
Microsoft PhotoDraw 2.0
Graphic software
Microsoft PhotoStory 3
Allows you to create multimedia video with Photos
  • students create their own digital stories and record sciencd experiments; use for sequencing activities; good to capture experiences on excursions and camps
  • take photos of students using the netbooks on Day 1 for them to have audio and images to share with their parents
Microsoft Producer for PowerPoint
Provides users with many powerful new features that make it easier to synchronize audio, video, slides, and images to create engaging and effective rich-media presentations
Microsoft Silverlight
Powers rich application experiences and delivers high quality, interactive video across the Web and mobile devices through the most powerful runtime available on the Web
Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium
Encyclopedia software
Microsoft Windows Media Player
Store and play music, video and pictures
Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise
Operating system
To create stop motion movies
  • science lesson for growing broad beans etc - create a movie to show growth
MSW Logo
Logo is a computer programming language used for functional programming
Create Web Pages with a programming language that doesn: require web editing knowledge
Image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows
Game making and simple programming tool
  • to create an interactive preseetnation eg. recipe using
  • initial section each child could design their own desktop front cover to personalise their netbook
  • understanidng language across the curriculum; maths - geometry; have students talk about how they used the software and what they have created
Symantec Client Security (anti-virus)
Anti-virus software
Educational math tutor for children starring Tux, the Linux Penguin
  • introduction to maths lesson, quick response time for students to have fun with; create expert groups where students can bring data from home, students create a library of activities and teach each other.
Educational typing tutor game starring Tux, the Linux Penguin
VLC Player
VideoLAN Client is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats