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FREE your computer

A guide to free software

Learn how to unlock the potential of your computer with FREE software that takes on the big brands! We’ll show you free alternatives for document creation, team creation, video editing, photo editing and also how to set up your very own Linux machine! 

Ages:

13-18

Equipment:

Laptop, required

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For online courses: these require you to have a capable computer to work on and a broadband internet connection. Most PC/Mac computers from the last 5 years will be fine but you can view our recommended detailed system requirements here. For on campus courses: laptops are provided for all junior courses, as well as Music, Unity, Creative Design & YouTube senior courses. Laptop rental is available for all other senior courses (£50 extra).

FREE your computer

For online courses: these require you to have a capable computer to work on and a broadband internet connection. Most PC/Mac computers from the last 5 years will be fine but you can view our recommended detailed system requirements here. For on campus courses: laptops are provided for all junior courses, as well as Music, Unity, Creative Design & YouTube senior courses. Laptop rental is available for all other senior courses (£50 extra).

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Course highlights

Learn some Linux

Learn some Linux

Learn all about Linux and the different distros you can get. As well as how to try out new Linux distros without touching your current OS. Installing and upgrading software.

Open Source

Open Source

Find out all about Open Source, what it is, why it is so popular and what are the rules around Open Source software

Alternative Software

Alternative Software

We'll show you some truly amazing alternatives to industry standard software. Everything from, different office software to video and photo software that can sit side by side with some of the big guys.

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What is a Fire Tech Experience?

Fire Tech Experiences are regular, super short, high-interest sessions about the very latest developments in technology on topics you will love. Designed and led by inspiring, enthusiastic experts, …

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Course Overview

Learn how to unlock the potential of your computer with FREE software that takes on the big brands! We’ll show you free alternatives for document creation, animation creation, video editing, photo editing and also how to set up your very own Linux machine!   

Using freely available software we’ll take you through how to make bootable USB sticks to try out free software as well as something called PortableApps. PortableApps lets you take your favourite software from any computer to another.

In this experience we will also talk about the phrase “Open Source”. We’ll talk about what you can and can’t do, the benefits of open source and the drawbacks.

When we say FREE we mean FREE as in pay no money and freedom to create, move and explore new technologies that you thought cost hundreds of pounds.

Join us and get the system you want right now for free!

FireTech Experiences are a new series of short, high interest, fun and engaging tech demonstrations and talks. These are delivered in webinar style, using Zoom, with the main expert tutor showcasing a new interesting aspect of technology and learning. Apart from Zoom, no other downloads are required.

What your child will learn

  • The history behind Linux and why it's so popular with developers and programmers
  • The idea around Portable Apps. Take your favourite files and apps with you to any system. Think of it as a hot pluggable computer!
  • How to use terminal inside Linux and why it's important to understand what you're typing
  • What alternatives are available to major software brands
  • A side by side comparison of Open Source software and it's competitors
  • How to engage in the Open Source community
  • The benefits and drawbacks of this approach to using software

"Fire Tech was a place where I learned things I had never known before taking the course, and where I made many friends who shared the same interest as me."

Iona, Teen photographer