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Mission Statement - Priceless Solutions:

The mission of this site is simple: To put free technological tools and free global resources directly in the hands of those who need them - and to show leaders how to implement programs which can thrive even in the midst of budget cuts. We cannot have the highest expectations for our students (as well as business/government men and women) and yet minimize their access to the requisite tools to build upon that potential. Online access can accelerate and selectively enhance the learning process.

The members of the entire education community - and all life-long learners (K-12, special ed, ESL, homeschooled, gifted and talented, and college students as well as teachers, parents, support personnel, and society in general) are those to be served by this mission.

The methodology of this site is to provide pre-screened, time-saving links to downloadable free educational software, tutorials, and other free resources by using the latest technology to transfer those items from archives throughout the world directly to the user's computer. Some of the world's most proficient programmers have collaborated (often on a global basis) to create extensive, high-quality Open Source (free) programs as excellent alternatives to commercial versions. This is part of an amazing global movement to provide free educational (curriculum-grade) packages as well as other outstanding software programs which can also be used for business without cost. Online collaboration projects are especially beneficial to social networking. Numerous project sites and links to the respective open source software programs are provided within various categories on this site.

Giving students access to these absolutely essential tools - or better yet, giving them their own personal copies of word-processors, desktop drawing programs, spreadsheet software, and database programs, along with scores of other programs and utilities, is a prerequisite to meeting today's technological expectations in school, college, and business endeavors. Highly-recommended items which are exceptionally useful have been tagged with heart-diskette symbol which is a trademark of this site.

A brief sampling of free educational resources include:         *Back To Top*

  • Internet browsers to view/download global files & speak online text
  • Editors to write web pages & online resumes
  • Source code to help write/improve top software programs
  • Graphics to use in class presentations/reports
  • Powerful spreadsheet and database programs
  • Science, Foreign Language, Academic links &Tools
  • University/college online education & resources
  • Sound/music clips for multimedia projects
  • Homework helper guides
  • Online & offline books
  • Dictionaries/thesauruses
  • Photograph viewers
  • Electronic mail programs
  • Teleconferencing Tools
  • Tech Support links
  • Talk & type Tools
  • Text Readers
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As a measurable benefit, everyone in the educational community, including homeschoolers, can save time and very significant sums of money by taking advantage of the online access to these priceless solutions which also makes it much easier to keep up with emerging technology. Every student can be given appropriate free software for both the classroom and home (homework text files along with HTML documents, such as student home pages, can even be exchanged between dissimilar computers).

Special sections are provided to show students, educators, and parents how to get started with Internet terminology and operations in order to access free education tools and resources (without formal training delays), and accelerate the process of integrating quality freeware and other free resources into homes and school divisions. Many of these materials will help meet standards of learning! (See the Educational Standards site and planning section to insure student success).

Fast access to online technical guides will also help to resolve technical problems and help reduce technical support expenses.

"How-To" Guides are provided as a starting point to show users where to find these treasures, how to download them, and how to use them in a self-paced approach. Free online guides, reference links, and software selected for their educational/technical value help users to become information literate and better equipped to deal with technology while learning some essential mechanics of information management. CONTINUE

These pages were revised by a Windows®-based freeware editor which has HTML tags and multi-file capabilities (download NoteTab (tm) Editor). To minimize costs for the educational community, most programs and utilities mentioned in this document are from authors who provide outstanding programs free of cost (see Freeware Sites for links to other freeware).


WHY FREE?:

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  • Free Software in Education - GNU.org   Please read about Open Source Software (OSS) first - then three compelling articles: To promote educational freedom and information literacy, students should be encouraged to embrace a new slogan:
    "COPY SOFTWARE THAT'S FREE - SHARE GIFTS WITH YOUR USB! !" There seems to be a world-wide rush to replace commercial software with OSS - see (Open Source Software: Alternatives to Commercial Software) articles. Besides copying free operating systems on USB thumb drives, scores of portable open source programs can be run entirely free of the host computer. Sometimes, it makes sense to download home pages with valuable links or educational content to your hard drive or USB (provided proper permission is obtained or Fair Use procedures are followed below). This is because peak traffic on the Internet often prevents accessing bookmarked links, and inappropriate material can be filtered from downloaded items before making them available to younger students via off-line browsers.

    NOTE: Assume that all works on the Internet are copyrighted even if they do not display the copyright sign (c) or ©. These works should not be copied without permission unless the author/owner states otherwise or unless covered under the Fair Use Guidelines. See The Copyright Information Website - (by Fort Lewis College) and Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers - (by Hall Davidson) for more details. Four major categories of software which are intended to be copied  (with plenty of exceptions) are:

    • Shareware programs, despite the trendy misnomer as "free" software, only have a short free trial period for evaluation, and eventually require the user to register and pay fees for the licenses to use them after the evaluation period. Shareware programs are copyrighted and like other commercial programs, they are protected by copyright laws.

      NOTE: In my educational freeware section, I list no shareware - instead I promote TRULY FREE software:

    • Open Source Software (OSS) programs however, may be copied freely...there are no fees required by the authors - although donations usually are requested (and even though most authors may have copyrighted their works through special restrictions - normally against commercialization - but make the source code available for improvement).

    • Freeware programs also may be copied freely...and likewise, there are no fees required yet some request donations as well (and although most authors may have copyrighted their works, they reserve certain rights so that a user may not modify the software or distribute the software for money without permission). NOTE that authors revise these programs to be shareware or commercial versions.

    • Public domain software is not copyrighted (or copyright has expired), and may also be freely copied, plus there are no restrictions on what the user may or may not do with the software.

    Although this home page is copyrighted, it may be copied freely for private/educational use so that it can be loaded into your browser to provide easy "point & click" connectivity to technology-worthy links while online (or so that it can be used as a presentation tool off line). Convey proper credits for any use of any pages within this site.


    "HOW-TO" GUIDES:

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    The following topics are available at: Free "How-to" Guides.

    • Beginning Pointers
    • Setup Typical Internet PC
    • Protect against viruses
    • Understand Internet Terms
    • Find information/Internet tools
    • Download information/files
    • Unzip compressed files
    • Copy large files to other computers
    • Install programs/plug-in's
    • Retrieve files/data
    • Create Home Pages, Presentation, & Resumes
    • Use shortcuts to new Links
    • Find more information/Support


    FREEWARE SITES:

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    Numerous freeware programs and utilities are available now to accomplish almost any task. Over an estimated 180,000 programs exist which include freeware and shareware programs. While shareware programs involve some expense to register, freeware programs are available at no cost. There are other software programs which are can be used freely by educators and students but which require some cost if used commercially. Some sites below cover freeware exclusively, others cover some freeware.

    NOTE: In most cases, software programs/utilities written in one platform (say Microsoft Windows®) will not work on another platform (say Macintosh®) unless emulation or dual-platform switching is incorporated in the same computer. While dual-platform computers have somewhat of an advantage, many authors are writing multiple versions of their software.

    These resources are now available at: Educational Freeware List (List A is arranged by topic - for quick downloading - and List B provides recent finds).


    LINKS INDEX:

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    Tons of free Information, guides, books, tutorials, and other resources are being added, deleted, and changed on the Internet at a phenomenal rate. To keep up with what is available in every academic category, here is a list of exceptional (and many award-winning) educational links. Coping guides, homework helpers, and study guide links are also listed to help students succeed. Many links are provided to help parents, teachers, and technologists succeed as well. A special section under TIPS and TOOLS provide a very useful list of tech tools.

    These resources are listed in the: Free Educational Technologies INDEX TABLE.


    GRANTS & TECH PLANNING

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    GRANTS:

    These links are good starting points but use a variety of search engines to find extensive links:

  • Apply for a Grant - U.S. Dept. of Education
  • EducationGrant.com lists various Scholarships, Student Loans, etc.
  • Grants Search by SRA
  • GrantsWeb
  • Glossary of Philanthropic Terms - Council on Foundations

    PLANNING:

    Technology planning will expedite and expand the means how students and teachers obtain online facilities and training, but creative solutions are at hand to minimize software costs and optimize students' learning opportunities while traditional teaching methodology evolves. School divisions can save significant sums of money by factoring in many of the free technology advantages. Exemplary plans are available from many sources:

  • National Education Technology Plan - See extraction below:
  • See Privacy requirements for student use from Office of Educational Technology
  • National Center for Technology Planning - State level and below
  • Technology in Virginia Schools
  • Developing Educational Standards
  • Classroom Technology - Various topics from eHow™
  • Public Policy (for family engagement in education) - National PTA®
  • State Contacts and Information - Comprehensive links provided by U.S. Dept. of Education

    ONLINE EDUCATION / TECH ISSUES:

    A long list of colleges and universities are now providing college courses (some free) and degrees via the convenience of properly-equipped home computers. Many educational institutions will find that online education is a viable option to building new schools. Free software will make this a very practical solution also.

    Because of extensive listings, check major search engines for "online education."
    A good starting point is included here:

    ONLINE SCHOOLS - (Including Free & Regular Schools)

  • See Free Education - Main Page - On this site
  • Online Learning Resources On The Web
  • The Future of Higher Education - The College of 2020
  • Glossaries for Distance Education
  • List of virtual schools via Wikipedia
  • Distance Learning - see No-cost Online High Schools - About.com®
  • 100 Free Distance Learning Resources
  • Welcome to Virginia Virtual
  • Learn Online Teaching - Extensive links by Bob Bowman

    TECHNOLOGY ISSUES:

    There are many proactive and reactive issues available to help educators understand technology, along with security and privacy issues. To help identify some of these problems and possible solutions, please review:

  • Technology Issues - including advancing technology, privacy, security, and Technophobia - Links by Bob Bowman
  • What is the Impact of Technology on Learning? - Education.com
  • Journal of Information Technology Impact - Via E-Learning
  • Educational Psychology Interactive: Education Reform and related papers - Dr. William G. Huitt - Valdosta State University

    Note to educators:   Most "kidsafe" search engines can still access other search engines which are unfiltered and that restrict users under 18 - unless they are disabled in advance - See details on Webtools Page
    logo Click here to Search Kids.gov - For kids, teens, parents, and teachers


    ALA: Great Websites for Kids - and others
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