Only a few weeks ago I wrote complaining that CoFFEE, which looked like a great idea, was not available for Linux. Then, a Linux version came out. And now, I am happy to say, a new version of CoFFEE, including a new version for Linux, just came out a few days ago. As I said before, I am very impressed with the developers of CoFFEE and their concern for end users of their product.
I finally got a chance to download the new Linux version tonight. My first reaction was that this version seemed much more complete. Maybe I didn’t look at the other Linux version long enough, but this one seems to come with lots more documentation. That will make it easier for me to learn about it. I am a reader-then-experimenter usually; I like to read the manual.
Backing up a bit, though… CoFFEE is a program that allows you to work with students on networked computers. According to the website,
CoFFEE – the new groupware application for digital discussions in a live classroom situation.
CoFFEE offers customisable tools, such as a threaded discussion forum, graphical concept mapping, voting and more.
CoFFEE is open-source and free! Available in: English, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.
CoFFEE comes with sample lesson plans and many other materials to help you get started using it.
The sample lesson plans that come with CoFFEE give you a good idea of what is possible. They also give you plans to modify or totally rewrite for your own classes. There is a lesson plan editor that allows you to do that easily. You can also use the template to design your own lesson.
I can see lots of potential for CoFFEE. I hope that you will look at it for yourself and see what you think. I know I plan to continue to play around with it!