Now, after a while, the Zorin OS team finally decided to release the Education edition of Zorin OS 16.
You should expect all the improvements to Zorin OS 16 along with specific modifications to tailor it for education.
Note that the Education edition of Zorin OS 16 is completely free to download. You get a separate Lite version for older computers as well.
Zorin OS 16 Education: What’s New?
Zorin OS 16 Education focuses on an offline-first learning experience. In other words, it includes a decent collection of educational content that can be accessed without needing internet access.
To achieve this, Zorin OS 16 includes “Kolibri“, which is a free and open-source education solution that supports self-paced learning, and sync/sharing over local Wi-Fi networks.
So, even without internet, you can rely on peer-to-peer connections to share educational content, collaborate, and continue learning without any interruptions.
School administrators can also create their own curriculum and download ready-made resources from sources like Khan Academy, Open Stax, MIT, and more.
Of course, the administrator will need internet access to do this. But, once you download the content, it can be easily shared over the local network without internet access, making it possible to distribute educational content.
In addition to Kolibri, Zorin OS 16 also comes baked with new educational apps, some of them are:
Minder: Visualize Concepts and Notes
Foliate: eBook Viewer
Foliate is an impressive e-book reader app for Linux. It should enable students/teachers to enhance the reading experience, and also gives access to public domain books for download, when needed.
OpenBoard: Interactive Whiteboard
I’ve recently covered OpenBoard as one of our app highlights. It is a free and open-source whiteboard that should make things interesting for teachers and students as well.
OpenBoard should help improve the learning process through the tools, and the capabilities of the app to interact with multimedia content.
Minuet: Teaching Music
Minuet focuses on helping you teach music to your students. You will find visual queues, and ear training exercises on chords, scales, and more.
As per your system configuration, you can opt for Zorin OS 16 Education or Zorin OS 16 Education Lite.
Both the Education editions should result in a faster, and good-looking desktop experience with access to more applications.
The Zorin OS 16 Education is supported until April 2025.
You can download Zorin OS 16 Education and the Lite edition from its official website.