Software Spotlight


Open Source Schools


The Open Education Disc is a disc containing over 40 software titles which are designed with students in mind. They are all free to use and also free to distribute to your own students. The link below gives a list of all titles contained on the DVD.The download is in the iso format which allows you to send this direct to your DVD burner for easy copying. If you need some help burning this DVD check this link.

Another good link is Open Source Schools in the UK for additional information and resources. 

Download Open Education Disc here

Software Use In Schools

Robertson NS Robertson NS is a Donegal School. See what softwarethey use.  More



Free Software on the Web

Using shareware and freeware may be an alternative option for some. List of 450 free  software titles.

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DEIS/PIL Agreement signed

The Department of Education and Science (DES) and Microsoft has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the extension of the Partners in
Learning School Agreement to all DEIS schools at primary and post-primary level.

Under the Agreement, Microsoft Limited is offering low cost desktop software
(Windows XP Pro Upgrade and Office 2007) to certain disadvantaged Primary and
Post-Primary schools. The schools selected for participation in the Partners in Learning School Agreement have been agreed by DES and Microsoft. Schools will be informed by letter shortly. The Agreement runs from July 2008 to June 2013 More

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