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Comments from Schools
- Takoma Park Maryland Library, Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
- The room in which I spend most of my time has 10 computers, and elementary and middle school students stop by daily after school to use them. About 90 percent of the children use the computers for games, and about 10 percent use them for doing homework. Very few use the computer for creative graphics applications. I'm bent on changing that. ...
Last week, I was really happy to see a mother sitting at a computer with her 3-year-old son, with TuxPaint up on the screen. The child was squealing with delight as he used the various drawing tools in TuxPaint. Listening to him speak, I noticed he was highly verbal, too. "How old is your son?" I inquired politely. The mom smiled back and said, "He's three."...
I did not expect what happened next. Somehow, the word about TuxPaint spread throughout our community. Older elementary school students started exploring it in our computer center. A few days later, a middle school boy asked how he could use TuxPaint on his computer. This is a boy who has spent hundreds of hours playing first-person shooting games. ...
Within a span of 10 minutes, the computer center had transformed itself from a games-playing room to a room full of creative exploration. I can't explain how it happened, but I give a lot of credit to the programmers who created TuxPaint. For those of you who work with youth in outside-of-school settings, there is hope that students will voluntarily move themselves off a games-playing path and onto a creative exploration path.
The day TuxPaint became contagious, opensource.com, May 4, 2012
- Cusco, Peru
- Tux paint solved many of my problems in the classroom (Arts Area), especially the lack of materials, pigments, media cards, colored pencils, various brushes, etc. [It also solved] the problem of time; [...] the subject of art only lasts one hour and 20 minutes per week. ... [We researched] the use of this educational software to develop expressive skills in children of 11 and 12 years in my workplace. The result was optimal. I am pleased to have Tux Paint as a partner in my field.
Posted on the Tux Paint Facebook wall, January 13, 2012
- Taejon Christian International School, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
- ...A lovely video of a Kindergarten class using Tux Paint to illustrate their autobiographical stories. The children also podcasted their stories to accompany the images and put it all together using Movie Maker.
Posted on the ICT for Early Childhood Educators blog, January 2011
- Kentfield School District, California, USA
- During computer class, kindergarteners are introduced to computer drawing tools using ... Tux Paint.
From the Kentfield School District Revised Technology Use Plan, December 2007
- Palm Beach County Schools, Florida, USA
- Tux Paint has been added to the "Approved Software" list for Palm Beach County Schools, the 12th largest school district in the United States.
An Elementary School Technician from Palm Beach County School District
- A special needs school, UK
- I'm IT tech in a special needs school; a teacher asked me to download this software onto her class PC, and now everyone in school wants it on their PC!
- EmpowerTech, Los Angeles, California, USA
- At EmpowerTech, a non-profit who's mission is to educate, train, support, and empower people with physical and developmental disabilities through assistive technology (AT), we use and recommend [Tux Paint]. Every week EmpowerTech works with over 150 preschoolers (with and without special needs) to help them acquire computer skills (through games) before they start their school career. We use Tux Paint to assess whether they can click and drag. And of course they love seeing huge swipes of color appear before their eyes with a swish of the mouse. We present educational workshops, conferences and webinars on Free Worthwhile Educational Online Games (FWOG) to teachers, students, parents and professionals. Tux Paint is always included in the handout so they can download and use it themselves. Thanks again
Judy Nahman-Stouffer, Assistive Technology Educational Specialist, Projects Coordinator, and Director of School Programs at Empowertech
- Pollock Pines School District, Pollock Pines, California, USA
- I truly appreciate the work that you and the other developers have put into making Tux Paint. It really is a wonderful program that we need at our K-4 school and obviously allowing us to use it for free is amazing. Our school was on an Apple platform that are now around 7-8 years old and we are replacing them with a Windows system. One of the major concerns with changing platforms was the idea of losing Kid Pix, but with your program that concern has been eliminated completely.
Sean Martin, Director of IT, Pollock Pines School District
- Technology for Improved Learning Outcomes (TILO) project
- The USAID-funded Technology for Improved Learning Outcomes project is recommending Tux Paint and Tux Math to teachers and students in Egyptian schools, as we believe that they support our project objectives to improve teaching and learning through the use of technology. Thank you for creating [them] and for making them freely available to support teaching and learning globally.
Andrea Bosch, Cheif of Party & Ginny Woolley, Director of Digital Resource Development, Technology for Improved Learning Outcomes (TILO) Egypt
- Holmfirth Junior, Infant & Nursery School, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England
- A very positive experience using TuxPaint with Key Stage 1 pupils
as an alternative to commercially licensed software. ... The younger
children in our school love to use TuxPaint because of its simplicity
and its ability to create a picture from scratch very quickly. It comes
complete with a wide range of different stamps and backgrounds that the
children can start creating with, straight out of the box. The first
thing you notice is that its interface differs from most other programs;
each button is clearly labelled with a picture and label. There are
no common menus with features hidden behind them, so it is perfect
for our younger children who lack basic reading skills. Another great
feature of this free software is its parental and teacher controls that
allow certain features in the program to be locked down so the child
can't access them. ... Overall, TuxPaint is a great piece of software
for younger children and provides them with every tool they require
at a basic level. It may be the case that older children will require
more tools and a more standardised interface; however they're still
provided with the tools to create a great picture. The great thing
about TuxPaint is it's free, you don't pay anything, no matter how many
machines you install it on! ... TuxPaint will work on most platforms
and doesn't need much computing power to get up and running. A computer
no more than 5 years old should be adequate. Installation is simple -
it's just a case of a quick download from the website.
(Full review at Open Source Schools)
- Bubble Dome, Auckland, Wellington and Taupo, New Zealand
- Every school holiday break Bubble Dome runs school holiday workshops
for children aged 5 to 16 years around New Zealand, where 3D computer
learning is combined with lateral thinking and problem solving activities.
The kids absolutely love Tux Paint — we taught it on our courses all
over the country. Our programmes attract 100s of children each holidays.
Thank you for providing such an awesome programme.
Rebecca Merle, Director, Bubble Dome
- Auburn Washburn Unified School District, Topeka, Kansas, USA
- I am a technology teacher at a Primary Building. In the past few
years we have upgraded our hardware which made some of our software
not run any more. One of the titles was Kid Pix. The kids were very
disappointed. I was too. I had developed numerous templates to help
reinforce the indicators that were being taught in the classroom. We
went through the year not having a paint program for the students to
use. One of the other technology teachers in the district discovered Tux
Paint. We previewed the program and had our technology dept. test it out
on our network. Needless to say, we are using it this year and the kids
are loving it! I have written the address on the board and students have
taken it home and downloaded your program on their computers. We recently
had an open house and the lab was open to parents and students. All the
kids wanted to show their parents was Tux Paint! Everyone loved it.
Thanks again for your awesome program.
Jill Beam, Technology Teacher
- Brampton Christian School, Ontario, Canada
- I installed Tux paint for windows in my schools elementary library. A
few months back the Librarian told me that some of the students were
getting their work done before the end of class and getting into
mischief because there were no activities on the computers to hold
their attention. I told her that I knew of many wonderful and available
programs because of my involvement with Linux. Tux paint was one of the
programs I installed for her and after a few months of use the jury is
back with their verdict. The kids love it! Thank you for this outstanding
program it is going to very good use.
- Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School, Australia
- I want to say thank you for providing such an excellent piece of
software with Tux Paint... it is so user friendly for our students.
Previously we have been using Kid Pix (a commercial option) but
are now finding that Tux Paint is superior in so many ways. You really have
done a fantastic job...and the continual development of the program as
well as customization options are much appreciated (i.e., being able to
'update' the included graphics is fantastic!)
Matthew Polack, ITC Co-Ordinator
- Ecole Primarie du Moulin, Digne-les-Bains, France
- "My pupils (aged from 6 to 8 years old) use Tux Paint on Windows and
Edubuntu. It's their favorite software. Most of them have it at home
too, now. We are about creating a book with the pupils for a school
meeting. The text will be typed in Abiword and the illustrations will be
made with Tux Paint. Tux Paint will soon be introduced to other
teachers during the next Free Software meeting in Digne-les-Bains."
- Sun Grove Montessori, Florida, USA
- "I am the computer teacher/net admin at a small private school (50 students)
and I installed Tux Paint on the five Windows and one iMac in our elementary
program two years ago — we now have seven Windows machines plus the iMac.
Tux Paint is the favorite program of our 6-9 year olds and the latest update,
which I just installed this morning, will hold the interest of the 9-12 year
olds as well. In fact, it was the 9 year olds who had used the older version
who were the first to be able to test the new version and they love it.
They have already made several requests for CDs of the program to take home.
"As far as doing the admin part, I find Tux Paint easy to install and configure. I run the program from each local computer and save the files to the network drive to optimize speed. I was quite happy to find the 'start with blank page' option in the new version."
- Blaine Street Elementary School, Georgia, USA
- "My students and I love to use TuxPaint. I have made several templates
which have greatly enhanced their learning-thank you for this tool..."
- An Elementary School, Alabama, USA
- "I use it in a lab with 26 computers... My students have created
some great things... We love the program!"
- Tremont School, Dixon Unified School District, California, USA
- "I work at Tremont School in Dixon and the students love it."
- A Pre-School / Elementary School, Ohio, USA
- "I had been searching high and low for an alternative to paint
(a program the kids just LOVE) after we received new iMacs last
month. Seashore was too complicated and Poster Paint didn't quite do
it [...]. However, I finally found a great program kids will love:
Tux Paint. It's a great program with really neat features and big
buttons and very simple icons. Another great thing is that the prefs
are a seperate program so kids who like to just swing the mouse around
everywhere and mess up all the prefs won't mess them up for this program.
Anyway, if you have kids, or are a kid at heart, give this a whirl."
"Mavimao" (on MacRumors Forums, March 2007)
- An Infant School, England
- "I've used TuxPaint where I work for a number of years now, mainly
because the children prefer it to the quite expensive painting package the
school has. I thought that as TuxPaint is such a well thought out program
that I'd send a letter of recommendation out to the parents. Within
the week children were keen to tell me about the new software that they
had got at home. It also met the approval of the parents as slips were
returned with comments like 'Have put it on the computer this weekend. The
girls love it.' So, great for school use and at home - FANTASTIC!"
Mr. R. Beales, England
- A school in Overpelt, Belgium
- "I teach children [ages 12-15] to draw [and] paint. ... I used it in a
few classes last year and asked the pupils what they thought about it and
if they thought it was childish. They loved it and they all wanted to know
how to download it. This year I have used it in all my classes and pupils
are very enthusiastic! I told them to make a surrealistic drawing. That
is very easy using the stamps. I had some great results. I can really
recommend this program!"
- Ilse Verhoeven, Overpelt, Belgium
- Lower Salford Elementary School, Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA
- "This morning the Tech teacher in our lab explained to the students the
history of Tux Paint how it has evolved while I was installing Tux Paint
for them on 30 new computers in the lab. The students and Tech teachers at
Lower Salford Elementary School are excited that I am installing it after
seeing the creative possibilities and the user-friendliness of the
application the teacher demonstrated. Since the program was tested in
another one of our schools the last two years, the word spread how much
fun the children had using it with the many new features and stamps. Kudos
to you and thank you for sharing this Tux Paint for the little ones and us
bigger ones who think we are younger. WE LOVE IT!"
- Debbie Doebler, Instructional Technology Specialist, Souderton Area School District
- An Elementary school, California, USA
- "I recently installed Tux Paint on 60 Macintosh computers and have
been having a lot of success with it. It's been especially popular with
the girls who haven't had quite as much interest in using the computers
until now. It definitely taps into the creative side of children without
requiring any extensive technical skills."
- Adam Lowe, Tech
- Kings School, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- "We recently downloaded Tux Paint after finding the software on
Softpedia.com. We've been eagerly deploying it accross the school and
it's a HIT with everyone who uses it, from the 3 year old children to
the staff! Thanks for producing such an accessible and easy to use
program that is packed with rich media. Two thumbs up to your
- Lee Bond, ICT Manager, Kings School
- Lubbock Independent School District, Lubbock, Texas, USA
- "I just thought I would let you know I really like TuxPaint and I
am installing it on 26 school computers in my lab. ... It's a great
alternative to Kid Pix (since Kid Pix doesn't work properly on Windows
XP). Anyway, thank you for being involved with this. I can't wait to
start using Tux Paint!"
- Theresa Slemmons, Lubbock Independent School District
- Greene Street Friends School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- "My kindergartners loved Tuxpaint. They had played with
Kid Pix some last year, so I was waiting to hear some complaints
about missing bells and whistles, but aside from one 'where's the
bomb?' they were purring like kittens. Hey, without that bomb they
were actually more interested in making pictures than destroying
- Leslie Campbell, Technology Specialist, Greene Street Friends School
- Helensburgh Public School, New South Wales, Australia
- "Thank you for the great program. [We] have been using it with
[our] Kindergarten class (children 5-6yrs) who are learning to read
- Kindergarten teachers at Helensburgh Public School
- Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, USA
- "I am a doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University,
currently involved in a small usability testing project. I've
introduced four children -- two second graders, one fourth grader and
one fifth -- to Tux Paint, had them explore its functions and
capabilities and then create a design of their own choosing, which we
printed on cardstock (I provided envelopes). One of the younger
children gleefully made his mom a Mother's Day card, typing "I Love
Mom" across an impressionistic array of Magic-altered ladybugs,
freeform lines, and geometric shapes against a blue-fill
background. All four of the children loved Tux Paint."
- Marilyn Olander, doctoral student at Nova Southeastern University
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley, Napa, California, USA
- "I'm using Tux Paint in the computer lab at work (a youth center
in Napa), and it's a mondo hit with the kids. I've just been reading
the Tux Paint docs for some config options -- less noise, bigger
canvas, and finding where the pictures are saved. Very nice work,
Bill. I can also see this as a good basis for transitioning to the
GIMP later on."
- Karsten Self
- Fordyce School District, Arkansas, USA
- "We're running Tux Paint and Tux Math on 60 terminals and 30 lab
machines... The kids want breaks and we don't want them playing brain
decaying, bandwidth hogging games when they get done with their
work. These packages have been the perfect solution."
- Caleb Wagnon, Technology Coordinator, Fordyce School District
- Grant High School, South Australia
- "In an attempt to create consistency, not only throughout the
software portfolio on the schools computers, but extending into the
students' home computers, Grant High School in South Australia has
adopted a wholistic Open Source approach. 'This way, our students can
legally afford to install the programs at home, necessary for them to
do their homework....' a spokesman said.
"By using Open Source applications the students have access to a wider variety of software than what would've been possible, had they and the school had to pay for expensive proprietary software licenses. Grant High School has recently added Tux Paint to the 'standard image' for another 140 PCs, next to other fine works in the graphics category, such as: Sodipodi, The Gimp, OpenOffice Draw and Pixia, fully replacing the need for MS Paint, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw and other costly alternatives.
"Tux Paint is a natural choice of drawing application for the Grant High School Community Software model, as it fills all criteria for selection: The price is right, it has lots of functionality, the licensing model is inobtrusive and it makes very little assumptions about the users Operating System choice.
"Tux Paint is a winner, from Kindie to year 12, the kids all get 'that shining look' on their face when using it."
- Northfield Community School, Northfield, New Jersey, USA
- "Tux Paint is *AWESOME*!!! I teach in an elementary school and we
have installed the software in our computer lab. I wish I could have
had my digital voice recorder running when I introduced the software
to the kids. They went absolutely wild! You would have loved to hear
them I'm sure. [We] just upgraded to v0.9.13, the new features are
amazing. We especially love the stamps and the sound effects. The GUI
is very intuitive, I've got kindergarten kids coming up with the most
amazing abstract art. Teachers love it too, they all look at me like I
have three heads when I tell them it's free software."
- Kevin Jarrett, Technology Facilitator, Northfield Community School
- Clemens Crossing Elementary School, Columbia, Maryland, USA
- "Poking around looking for an alternative to Kid Pix - (can't seem
to find a definitive date for it to be ported for OS X) and found 'Tux
Paint.' It's open source, and there is a specific compilation for OS
X. I downloaded it on one machine to play with and is it ever cool and
fun! In some regards, I think it's better than Kid Pix - it has more
text options, stamps as a separate download, a "grabber" to rotate
geometric shapes, terrific sounds, terrific paint effects... I could
go on. [...] Further exploration/experimentation: the Windows XP
compilation looks and acts like the OS X, it's free - maybe this
should be the first reason to look at it :-), scripty-creative types
can create new stamps, individual stamps can be added and/or removed,
stamps can have sounds and text files associated with them, multiple
font options and sizes, there are stamps for coins (US and Euro) and
musical notation. I'll stop here, enthusiastic enough? Now, have to
wait for our system's software committee to give final approval."
- Patricia A. McCord, Elementary Media Assistant, Clemens Crossing Elementary School
- Mineral Elementary School District, California, USA
- "The kids at our school regularly skip over KidPix 3 and head for
Tux Paint. Kid Pix is just a big mess of fancy nonsense, whereas they
can actually create pictures in Tux Paint. Good stuff!"
- James Mayfield, Mineral Elementary School District
- Tecumseh Local Schools, Ohio, USA
- "I really love your program. I am running it on an OS X version
10.3 laptop and it works great. [...] We currently use Kid Pix via
classic mode within OS X and it is nothing but headaches. I would love
to get our teachers using Tux Paint and I have the go ahead to allow
some teachers test it."
- Veronica Cassidy, Network Administrator, Tecumseh Local Schools
- Bullock Creek Schools, Midland, Michigan, USA
- "I can't tell you how many school districts in Michigan have
problems with KidPix. I downloaded the Tux Paint installer and stamps
and was happily creating in minutes. My wife and daughter thinks its
- Mike Wittbrodt, Director of Technology, Bullock Creek Schools
- Village Community School, New York City, New York, USA
- "We just installed Tux Paint on our Macs to try out with some of
the kids! The software looks great and our tech coordinator is excited
to get started using it in the classroom. ... thanks for the great
- Brad Schonhorst, Village Community School
- Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, USA
- "WOW: What a great program. Thank you so much for sharing and
allowing me to share with my students. I am an Ast. Professor at Fort
Hays State University in the Technology Studies Department. I work
with Pre-service teachers. In addition, I have a grant in 12 4th &
5th grade classrooms. We put wireless laptops and everything you could
want. I have just shared this program with my Grant teachers as well
as my students. I just wanted to say thank you!!!"
- Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, Fort Hays State University
- Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee, USA
- "I want to thank you for developing this software. I prepare
teachers and this is a great introduction for children to
- Dr. Donald Luck, Austin Peay State University
- Springfield School, Drayton Hampshire, England
- "The pupils love it (11-16yrs!). My problem was the saving to
their network areas and I just could not get it to work in a previous
version. Happy to report that this works brilliantly with latest
download. ... Again many thanks for an excellent piece of educational
- Simon Marsden, Advanced Skills Teacher, IT Springfield School
- Montgomery Knolls Elementary School, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
- "I think Tux Paint is a neat program that comes close to answering
our need for a simple children's painting program."
- Amado Narvaez, Montgomery Knolls Elementary School
- ArtWorks Visual Art School and Gallery, Trenton, New Jersey, USA
- "Kudos and thank you for your tremendous contribution to the
world. Tux Paint is a joy to use, a wonderful idea, and done quite
well. You have done a great thing by making this program!"
- Sean Dembrosky, ArtWorks Visual Art School and Gallery, Trenton, New Jersey
- Vassalboro Community School, Maine, USA
- "The kids love it! (and so do I)"
- David Trask, Technology Teacher/Coordinator, Vassalboro Community School
- Stormonth Elementary School, Milwaukee, Wisconson, USA
- "Teachers and students at Stormonth Elementary School in
Milwaukee, WI, have switched from Kid Pix Deluxe to the open-source
program Tux Paint. Teachers were blown away by the programs features,
easy of use, and kid friendly layout. The program will be used by all
children in kindergarten through the second grade. Tux Paint is a very
simple program that allows our younger students to learn to use the PC
and to create wonderful, full colored drawings for their teachers and
parents. With the dwindling budgets schools are facing, quality
open-source software like Tux Paint has been a welcome."
- Chris Gotstein
- Queen Of Peace Parochial School, Mesa, Arizona, USA
- "Thanks for the great software! ... [I'm] the tech guy for my
son's school board [in Phoenix, Arizona]. I'm in the process of trying
to convert all the school's computer's to Linux. ... In order to for
me to pull this off, I need to ween the school off of Windows
software. Tux Paint seems like the perfect replacement for the a
program they are using called 'Kid Pix 3.' It also helps
that they can use it on windows until I cut them over to Linux next
school year. ... [Also] thanks for picking SDL to do this program
in. The Kid Pix program I mentioned uses Quicktime and is
horribly slow on the lab's Pentium 200s."
- Luis Montes
- PC-in-the-Village Experiment, Goa, India
- "[The 'PC-in-the-village'] experiment indicated that school-age
children are able to effectively and quickly begin understanding the
basics of computing, almost intuitively. ... This experiment also
validated the results of the PC-in-the-wall experiments previously
conducted by NIIT in Delhi. An additional learning was that when the
Operating system was switched to Redhat Linux, the users were quickly
able to adapt to using Tux-paint."
- Sangolda PC-in-the-village Experiment
Other Comments from Teachers
- "Lately, I have been having my younger kids from kindergarten on up use a program called Tux Paint. ... Tux Paint lets kids color with an array of bushes on hundreds of backgrounds. They can stamp any number of pictures from the large clip art library and draw to their heart's delight." - Lee Biggs (via 'Tales from a 21st Century Teacher' blog), Greenwood Elementary School, Wisconsin, USA
- "I'm a teacher of IT technology in an elementary school in Warsaw,
and from the moment I installed TuxPaint, my litlle students, in their free
time, use (play with) this program very often. They said Tux Paint is
better than other software installed in the school's computers (involving
games!!!) My daughter agrees."
- Maciek, Warsaw, Poland
- "I am in K-12 running [Linux Terminal Server Project] on [Red Hat
Linux]. The elementary kids LOVE Tux Paint."
- "I work at a primary school and have found that Tux Paint is
- Philip Duldig
- "Tux Paint is installed in the computer room of my sister's
school. They're quite happy! ... [It's kids] 6 to 11 years. [They]
especially [like] the stamps and magic."
- Ingo Blechschmidt, Germany
- "I have just discovered Tux Paint and I'm really impressed!"
- Rosemary Collins, East Perth, Australia
- "At this moment Tux Paint is using in two schools, I recommended
and installed there."
- Sergio Javier Belkin, Argentina
- "Thank you for an excellent piece of software. I don't have kids
but some of my friends children love Tux Paint. I added [some of my
own photos] to be used in some local schools."
- John O'Sullivan
- "...One of my teachers, who has got an 8 year old son, likes [Tux
Paint] very much. He thinks it is really good for children."
- Fabian Franz
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