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Please select the following link to download a free PDF maker "PrimoPDF" which will enable you to creat PDF documents from most files including Word, Excel and Powerpoint for use on the VLE.

Having selected the link <click> SAVE and follow the onling instructions.

Once downloaded, your document can be "PDF'd" by simply selecting Print from your File drop down menu, and selecting the Primo PDF Printer from the Printer list. 

http://www.primopdf.com/

Primo PDF

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An Archive manager or Compression Utility allows you to view and manipulate compressed archives such as a ZIP or GZIP file.

Windows

A good open-source archive manager is 7-Zip. Alternatively a trial edition of WinRAR can be downloaded. If you are running Windows XP, the built-in system supports ZIP files already.

All of these will run whenever a supported archive file is run (double-clicked) and will let you extract the contents to a location on your computer.

Linux

The default vanilla GNU command-line binaries provide full flexibility for manipulating archives; consult the man pages that came with your distribution (e.g. tar -z extracts a gzipped tarball). Alternatively there are several GUI frontends specific to your distro or Window Manager (e.g. Ark is a popular GUI frontend on KDE).

These will let you extract the contents of an archive to a location on your computer.

Apple Mac

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Version 3.20

AutographA versatile graphing program designed for schools. Features Euclidean as well as Statistical plotting in 2D as well as basic 3D graphing.

Download From School Servers 174 MB
MD5 Sum: e25fbe073c1547fb46681dc7a555af2a

  1. Save the ZIP file to your computer
  2. Extract it to a temporary location (you will need an Archive Manager)
  3. Execute Autography 3.20/setup.exe in the extracted folder and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. You will be prompted for a serial number; enter: 327885737YTD
  5. 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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Version 6

DeriveDerive is a versatile computer algebra package that allows exploration and visualisation of GCSE and A-level maths solutions including algebra, calculus and 3D graphs, including worked solutions.

Download From School Servers 54 MB
MD5 Sum: a6c9eba91d76eec594068288b0e3e17c

  1. Save the ZIP file to your computer
  2. Extract it to a temporary location (you will need an Archive Manager)
  3. Execute Derive 6/setup.exe in the extracted folder and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. You will be prompted for a serial number; enter: 37Z2-M72P-DGME-X7L26
  5. 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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Eduforge is an open access environment designed for the sharing of ideas, research outcomes, open content and open source software for education. It is a collaborative development environment, community and resource catalogue for software developers involved in community-driven educational software projects.

Similar to Schoolforge, it's a good place to look for interesting, useful and even revolutionary open-source projects and community-driven software.

http://eduforge.org/

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Allows you to quickly search and access "crawled" portions of the Internet and World Wide Web, using a few words or Keyphrases.

http://www.google.com/

Currently the most popular and well-known web page indexing and searching service, as well as boasting the highest "relevancy" thanks to advanced natural language and AI techniques, it also sports several relatively advanced search features that allow you to further refine your search by resource type and date, for example.

Interesting features of the web search itself include separate interfaces depending on the type of internet-held information you are searching (news, images, etc), an effective page ranking system, and even an in-built spell checker. Equally fascinating is the first result for "miserable failure".

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Version 4.0.1

GraphCalc plotting a 3D helicoidal polar graphGraphCalc is a powerful OpenSource mathematical graphing calculator and equation manipulator.

"GraphCalc is an all-in-one solution to everything from everyday arithmetic to statistical analysis, from betas to Booleans, from cubes to calculus, from decimals to derivatives. GraphCalc combines all the features of a professional mathematics package with the simplicity of an easy to learn windows interface. It provides user-friendly help and tutorials to guide you through the easy and fun process of mastering GraphCalc."

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Graphcalc for Windows 841.8KB
MD5 Sum: c181a8014395702310313706705b0f66

  1. Save the EXE file to your computer
  2. Run it and follow the instructions on-screen to install.

Graphcalc for Linux 52.6KB
MD5 Sum: c772d76be921d6b78b4e3092ae48e594

  1. Save the BZIP tarball to your computer
  2. Extract it to a temporary location (you will need an Archive Manager)
  3. Follow the instrucions in the graphcalc/INSTALL and graphcalc/README textfiles.

Visit GraphCalc project website for latest version.

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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The MATTER project is a non-profit consortium of UK materials science departments working towards the development and integration of computer-based learning (CBL) materials into mainstream teaching. Liverpool University has been pioneering the production of free, open, online resources for physical sciences at GCSE and A-Level.

This site contains interactive resources (such as simulations, interactive exercises, experiments, tasks, etc.) designed to assist teachers and students of physical sciences at both 11-16 and A-level.

http://schools.matter.org.uk/

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An MD5 hash is a mathematical "signature" of a file, and can be used to verify a download, primarily to check for corruption, a common problem with larger files.

It is a 32 character string, and the simplest way to verify a download is to "hash" the received file and compare it with that shown on the VLE beside all official software downloads.

If the hashes are different, the downloaded file is corrupted, and unfortunately cannot be used (you could try the download again). However if this is a frequently occuring problem, it is likely indicative of a poor internet connection - contact IT Support or your ISP for assistance.

Windows

Windows users will need an add-on program such as MD5 Context Menu to create MD5 Hashes.

Download From School Servers 238.9KB
MD5 Sum: 381568c7116405cd1d7c4b535e4b6019

  1. Save the EXE file to your computer
  2. Run it, and follow the instructions on-screen to install.
  3. To obtain the MD5 Hash of a file, simply right click it within windows explorer or a folder window and choose MD5
  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.

Windows (Command Line)

Microsoft provide the File Checksum Integrity Verifier for x86 Windows XP, a command-line utility for calculating md5 checksums, however this should only be used by advanced users.

Download From School Servers 116.8KB
MD5 Sum: 58dc4df814685a165f58037499c89e76

  1. Save the EXE file to your computer
  2. Execute it and choose to extract to C:\Windows\System32\
  3. Open a Command Prompt and run fciv /? for usage 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.

Linux

The most straightforward way to calculate MD5 hashes is via the console command openssl md5 [filename] from the OpenSSL package, which comes with most distros. The older BSD/GNU Core utility md5sum [filename] is also usually available. Consult your system documentation for further information, as alternative as well as graphical utilities may be available.

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The Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching is a listing comprised of online resources for faculty and students of secondary and higher education.

http://www.merlot.org

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