Colorful Chalk at Chalkboard ca. 2001Computers offer incredible opportunities to advance education in all types and ages of students. There are actually a lot of different types of educational software, including:

  • Interactive software for preschool children who aren’t ready to use a mouse or keyboard quite yet.
  • Educational software for teaching academic skills such as math.
  • Programs that will teach children basic keyboarding skills.
  • Software that teaches children how to think logically and to solve problems.
  • Artistic software that your child can use to create and color 3D pictures. These can usually be printed out.
  • Why it is Important to Use

    There are lots of great reasons why you should consider using educational software in your classroom. For instance, this software will enable your students to become more effective independent learners. Even severely disabled students can succeed herein because this software places everyone on the same level.

    This software can also enable students to gather information that otherwise would have been impossible, time-consuming or costly. For instance, data from outer space can now be utilized. Students can also experiment with the changing aspects of a model like increasing or lowering interest rates in order to see how this affects the economy. All of this can be very motivational for students and these are just some of the numerous advantages of educational software.

  • One way to incorporate educational software into your curriculum is to set aside at least 30 minutes within your classroom each day. During this time you will only want to focus on one or two different skills along with proper computer usage. This should not be difficult to do since the only time that you will want to help the child is when he is stuck. Otherwise allow him to have time to explore and learn on his own.