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ART AND DESIGN

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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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ECONOMICS AND POLITICS

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JDC is a coalition of local/regional groups and national organisations. Its focus is on changing UK government policy on debt, including to ensure that the maximum influence is brought to bear on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) - on whose governing bodies the UK is represented.

http://www.jubileedebtcampaign.org.uk

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GENERAL RESOURCES

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This site gives you access to the BBC Revision Guides and links to other useful links in the WEB.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/subjects/schools.shtml
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This site is a useful source of revision resources. This link will take you to the 16+ pages, to find other pages in the site 'click' on the Schools Homepage 'button'.

You may also like to look at the BBC Learning Zone which gives you access to further teaching and learning resources.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/16/
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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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Launched in 1998, Ferl was originally an acronym for “Further Education Resources for Learning”. Ferl is a web-based information service managed by Becta. Ferl aims to support individuals and organisations within the Post-Compulsory Education sector to make effective use of ICT and e-learning. This link takes you to The Teaching and Learning Resource Bank giving access to over 3000 resources.

http://ferl.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?page=628&catID=594

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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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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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Directory of various Open Source (Free, Community-driven) Software projects and other resources for educational institutions. This page is a SourceForge-like listing specifically targeted for schools and universities, acting as a gateway into education-oriented sections of more general open-source community listings, and references a multitude of amazing computer based learning and teaching tools.

  • Students: There are many useful and syllabus-relevant educational packages listed - You can download ready-to-run versions of most software and other electronic resources here.
  • Staff: Look here to see if there is an open-source equivalent or better of the software you're about to spend a significant portion of your departmental budget on first!

SchoolForge Foundry
http://www.schoolforge.net/

Or Visit SchoolForge UK
http://www.schoolforge.org.uk/

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HISTORY

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An Online History Study Centre featuring:

  • Over 200 Modern History new perspective articles arranged in 8 topic areas (with direct links to other resources, topic guides, concepts articles, study advice …)
  • GCSE Resource bank (for AQA, Edexcel and OCR specifications
  • Grade Buster’s guides (for AS/A AQA, Edexcel and OCR study units) with inplace links
  • e-new perspective - the journal online. The current issue and all back volumes.
  • Complete access to all Core Concepts and Topic Guides
  • Google-style Study Centre (only) search facility
  • Selected Internet History links
  • Online edition of the bestselling The Good History Students’ Handbook

Visit http://www.history-ontheweb.co.uk/art/ind_web.htm to enter.

When prompted for login details, enter:

Username: maitland
Password: HmP72zQ5s

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