Education software and Modern teaching



The use of computers and education software can be dated all the way back to the 1940's, when American researchers developed flight simulators which used analog computers to generate on board instrument data. Later on, another pioneering educational system was the PLATO system, developed at the University of Illinois. Some programming languages were (and still are) considered as educational, particularly BASIC and LOGO, as they were targeted to students and novice computer users. Later on, with the arrival of the personal computer and with the specific implications for educational software the field changed greatly. Software developing companies started and it laid a foundation to the computer world we have come to known in present times.

Major developments in education software in the 90s were made due to the advances in computer hardware (introduction of CD-Roms). Multimedia graphics and sounds were increasingly used in educational programs. With the spread of the internet, new methods of education software delivery appeared. Breakthrough teaching methods and innovative education programs started to appear all over the world. Effective and modern teaching deal greatly with the constant evolution of education technology.

Listed and properly defined types of education software, useful for both teaching and learning, can be marked as the following: Children's learning and home learning, a large number of applications, the majority influenced by computer gaming concepts, designed to teach and entertain, many of them are also designed for special education. Courseware, a term that combine the words 'course' with 'software', this is additional teaching material intended as kits for teachers or trainers or as a tutorial for students in a computer formatted classroom. Classroom aids are software designed for use in school classrooms. This type of software works as a electronic blackboard assisting a more interactive and innovative approach to the lessons in the classroom, this option has become a highly implemented in Higher Education programs. Lastly another form of software are the Reference Software, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and others.

There possibilities are endless as there are constantly new production and development of education software.

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