Free Range Edtech


Students and educators deserve access to the best open-source web apps.  With a few clicks, students and educators can enjoy 70+ open-source web apps, all pre-approved, security audited, and hosted within British Columbia on the OpenETC Sandstorm server at



oet-sandcats-io_stayanonAt users can enforce access control on each application. By default, a newly-created application (such as an Etherpad document) is private. Through the user interface, you can grant other people access to apps with varying permission levels, you can inspect who has access, and you can revoke that access.
Permissions at span the following affordances:

  • ‘stay anonymous’ access with author/edit participation
  • anonymous access to read (requiring login for edit/author participation)
  • required login to access and/or participate

Applications at offering ‘stay anonymous’ access with author/edit participation.

  • Etherpad
  • Ethercalc
  • Davros
  • Filedrop
  • Etherdraw
  • Idea Otter
  • TextEditor
  • Gitweb
  • Dillinger
  • Hackerslides
  • Paperwork
  • Go
  • Laverna
  • Brainstorm
  • Quicksurvey
  • Framadate
  • MediaWiki
  • ApacheWave
  • Gitlab
  • IPythonNotebook/Jupyter
  • Lychee
  • Tiny Tiny RSS Reader
  • Scrumblr
  • HackerCMS

Applications at offering anonymous access to read (requiring login for edit/author participation)

  • Wekan
  • Sandforms
  • Gogs
  • Hummingbirg
  • NodeBB
  • Ghost
  • Telescope
  • MediaGoblin

Applications at offering public read access + edit/author access with login + domain mapping

  • Ghost
  • Davros

Requires login to access and/or participate

  • Let’s Chat
  • RocketChat

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