Take advantage of free and open source software to save your school money! These funds can be applied towards other purchases for getting technology into the hands of students.

7 Free Software Updates For School Technology Budgets

  1. AntiVirus - Use Microsoft Security Essentials http://download.cnet.com/Microsoft-Security-Essentials/3000-2239_4-10969260.html, Clamwin at http://www.clamwin.com/ and Free AVG at http://free.avg.com/us-en/homepage. for free antivirus software
  2. Malware/Adware Removal -Use Malware Bytes or SuperAntispyware (www.superantispyware.com/) and Spybot Search and Destroy (www.safer-networking.org/) for free removal of malware and adware
  3. Productivity Software - Use Google Apps http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/edu/ or Open Office http://www.openoffice.org/ for free Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Presentation Software
  4. Websites - Use Google sites to create free websites https://sites.google.com/?pli=1
  5. PDF - Use Free PDF creator for use in Windows.http://www.pdfforge.org/. It acts as a printer just like Adobe Acrobat but without the cost.
  6. File Utilities - Use File Archiver. Windows will open archives but there are times users need to bundle files for emailing. Instead of sending that 4mb Powerpoint presentation you can create an archive of it to send it more efficiently Also if you have a group of files to send it is much easier to bundle them in an archive and then just attach the archive to the email. 7-Zip is the tool to do that. http://www.7-zip.org/
  7. File Storage - Use Dropbox to store files online in the cloud www.dropbox.com
  8. Google Pack - Set of free software resources such as Google Apps, Skype, Adobe Reader, Malware Check and more http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html?hl=en