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This is a site containing interactive lesson material for mathematics and science. The project is sponsored by Smartboard and Intel. Currently focusing key stage 3 and 4.

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/index.aspx

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Version 4.0a

LaTeX is a popular mathematical and scientific typesetting standard supported by the VLE as well as many programs particularly on Unix and Mac.

TeXaide is a standalone version of the popular MathType equation editing software that exports equations in the LaTex format, perfect for use within the VLE.

Download From School Servers 931.5KB
MD5 Sum: 0839ccf7420c68666d15473ab132271a

  1. Save the EXE file to your computer
  2. Execute it and follow the on-screen instructions to install.
  3. If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.

VLE Usage Example:

  1. Using the Equation Editor the following is produced on screen:

    TeXaide screenshot

  2. The copy mode is set to TeX -- Plain TeX under Edit -> Translators, unchecking both Include translator name and Include MathType data.

  3. The expression is selected and copied (Edit -> Copy)

  4. It can then be pasted into the VLE editor (displayed when adding a label for example) in your web browser (press Ctrl + V) where it appears as:

    $ $ih{{\partial \Psi } \over {\partial t}} = - {{h^2 } \over {2m}}{{\partial ^2 \Psi } \over {\partial x^2 }} + V(x)\Psi (x,t) \equiv {\rm H}\limits^\~ \Psi (x,t)$ $

    N.B: Ensure the two "dollar" characters and the markup are on one continuous line.

  5. When saved, the expression is rendered by the VLE as below:
    ih{{\partial \Psi } \over {\partial t}} =  - {{h^2 } \over {2m}}{{\partial ^2 \Psi } \over {\partial x^2 }} + V(x)\Psi (x,t) \equiv {\rm H}\limits^\~ \Psi (x,t)

    (The time-dependent one-dimensional Schrödinger equation as used in quantum mechanics)

  6. Equations can be inserted in this way into many editable areas within the VLE, including labels, descriptions, forum posts and submissions in interactive activities.
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GNU Image Manipulation Program

TheGimpThe GIMP is an advanced open-source image editing program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Many see it as superior even to Adobe's Photoshop, possessing some extremely powerful tools, scripting, full support for multiple channels, layers and paths, as well as support for most image file formats.

It is one of the most popular advanced image editors due to its versatility, and was used exclusively for the graphics on the St Olave's websites. Even an experienced GIMP user with no artistic ability can perform visual miracles; however it has a very steep learning curve.

The GIMP for Windows

The latest version can be downloaded by visiting the project website. Alternatively, you can download The GIMP from the School Servers:

  1. Install the GTK Runtime Environment
  2. Install The GIMP for Windows.
  3. Optionally install the GIMP Help and GIMP Animation Package.

GTK+ Runtime Environment (version 2.8.18) 3.6MB
MD5 Sum: 216f44477fc610c427ee97caa9243e2e

  1. Save the ZIP file to your computer
  2. Extract it to a temporary location (you will need an Archive Manager)
  3. Execute gtk+-2.8.18-setup-1.exe in the extracted folder and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.

The GIMP for Windows (version 2.2.12) 7.7MB
MD5 Sum: 5757f96b6048ad79a2370ddcdb9a8d00

  1. Save the ZIP file to your computer
  2. Extract it to a temporary location (you will need an Archive Manager)
  3. Execute gimp-2.2.12-i586-setup.exe in the extracted folder and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.

The GIMP Help 2 (version 0.9) 21.4MB
MD5 Sum: 43419926c96939cd123b8c6871d487c8

  1. Save the ZIP file to your computer
  2. Extract it to a temporary location (you will need an Archive Manager)
  3. Execute gimp-help-2-0.9-setup.exe in the extracted folder and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.

The GIMP Animation Package (version 2.2.0) 2.5MB
MD5 Sum: 0cd6284623d2402e7c7fb096493bd765

  1. Save the ZIP file to your computer
  2. Extract it to a temporary location (you will need an Archive Manager)
  3. Execute gimp-gap-2.2.0-setup.exe in the extracted folder and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.

The GIMP for Unix/Linux

The latest version (source and binaries) can be downloaded by visiting The GIMP Website. Alternatively you can use your package manager (e.g. Portage on Gentoo).

We do not host Unix binaries for The GIMP on the school servers, as The GIMP's dependencies necessitate the installation of various different packages (including library headers/development versions if you wish to compile from source), depending on your distribution and kernel architecture.

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Version 1.0

AutographProvides a high quality, interactive tour of a chemical site. The package is aimed at post-16 students studying A-Level Chemistry. Within the tour students "meet" people who work on the site and can find out about their careers. This package provides an opportunity for students to develop their understanding of the nature of Chemistry, Economics, Processing Siting and Safety related to Industry.

Download From School Servers 20.4 MB
MD5 Sum: 210cd476b71f4c6b6e77a16205f5e50e

  1. Save the EXE file to your computer
  2. Execute the downloaded viv-chem.exe and follow the on-screen instructions.

If this is impractical for you to download, please contact IT Support who will be happy to provide you with this software on CD free of charge.

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