Here at Synergy we use Microsoft Office 2008 on all student Macintosh computers in 4-8 classrooms and it’s worked well. But what happens at home? Do you need to buy a full version of Office for school work? The short answer is no. There are many “Open Source” software programs that are available at low cost or no cost on the internet. And you can use a basic Text Editors, included in Mac and Windows PCs to do most writing assignments. If you’re a Google/Gmail user, the build in text editor does a great job for most writing assignments.
Here’s a starting list:
LibreOffice: http://www.libreoffice.org (Free, donation encouraged)
Open Office: http://www.openoffice.org (Free)
Google Docs: http://docs.google.com (Free)
Neo Office: http://www.neooffice.org/ ($10 payment)
Simple text editors: TextEdit (Apple) and Note Pad (Windows) are built into each Operating System
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