The Basics of Educational Software

Using computer educational software in the classroom can assist students learn quickly and also, having some fun in the process. Naturally, educational software, no matter how great or user-friendly they may be, cannot replace a live and inhaling teacher. It can, however, increase the learnings of key ideas and provide fun during playtime.

It it’s effortless to utilize educational software, it is effortless to find copies of them online. If you try to search on Google or Yahoo, you’ll view multiple sites that you can purchase the software from. Through the years, software companies have been designing a wide range of educational software – from the very basic to the more complicated ones. Prior to doing a shopping spree, there are few things you need to bear in mind.

- Keep it related. If you’re teaching read and writing, you don’t want to be buying science software teaching students the different critters you can find in the animal kingdom. So bear in mind the subject you’re instructing. Take note also of the features of the software? Do they help press key concepts in the student’s mind?

- Put “fun” and “entertaining” in the equation. Buy softwares that is only fun to use. Stay away from software that uses boring graphics and boring voice-overs.

- Keep in mind the levels. Different students are at different levels of intelligence. When you’re analyzing a software, be sure that there are varied levels that your students can be at. Having different (beginner, intermediate and advanced) levels built into the software will simply challenge students ante up their skills and increase their knowledge.

If you’re buying reading and writing educational software, make sure that it has different levels. At the beginner’s level, the reading level should be close to what your students have been reading at the start of classes. At the higher levels, the software should feature more items to reinforce the student’s current level of learning, and at the same time challenge their current skills and knowledge.

Using educational software should be effortless. Most programs simply ask for one answer from the student. If he or she answered correctly, a buzz will sound or a picture will be displayed to reward the student for the correct answer. The best type of educational software enhances the student’s logical thinking, and assists them learn how to think.

- Keep it fun yet non-distracting. Visual elements (graphics, videos and interactive features) can easily get a student’s attention. That’s because today’s students are oriented more towards visuals. On the other hand, if your software displays graphics that are too flashy, it would be bothersome to students. A sufficient education software is a good mix of education and fun.

- Just buy DVD if you just want to show videos. Heed this advice if you dislike to go through the whole drill of directing students through the levels of an educational software. Don’t forget though that videos and software can never replace a live and breathing teacher.

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