There are many different types of education software available. This article helps define what education software is and offers examples of what teachers, students, and schools can expect to find in education software. Keep reading to see what type of education software may fit your needs.
What Is Included in Education Software?
Education software refers to any software that has an educational function or a function in education. It includes a wide range of products with different purposes and functions. It can be software used solely by the teacher, shared by teacher and student, or used exclusively by the student.
Teacher-Oriented Education Software
Administrative software helps teachers to keep track of the details of their students’ attendance, activities, accomplishments, and grades. Included in the record-keeping software are programs designed specifically for classroom teachers in public and private schools, homeschool-oriented software, and software that can be used by any teacher. Types of education software for teachers include software for:
• assignment management
• awards and certificates
• high school transcripts
• lesson plans
• progress reports
• reading log
• record generator
• report card grading
• resource list
• student data
• teacher’s journal
• track attendance and hours
• weighted grading
Student-Oriented Education Software
Software that students may use to complete assignments include word processing and spreadsheet programs and presentation software, like that found in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), or its counterpart Open Office, or iWork (for Apple computers). Software that is subject specific ranges from game software in which educational material is incorporated to serious study of topics, like the Rosetta Stone software for language learning. Here is a list of some areas for which student-oriented education software is available:
- addition and subtraction
- art history
- Bible study
- colors and shapes
- English study for non-native speakers
- foreign language study, such as French, Italian, German, and Spanish
- fractions and decimals
- multiplication and division
- music appreciation
- music composition
- music theory
- musical instrument instruction
- SAT, ACT, and PSAT test preparation
- social studies
- the US Constitution
- thinking skills
There is also software available for programming, web design, illustration, architectural design, animation, theater set and costume design, novel writing, and more.
Networked School Software
Some software is designed for deployment on a school network, with the teacher being able to control access, levels, and other items, and students each having access to their own account, that the teacher sets up appropriately for the student’s level of development and knowledge. For example, Sibelius 7 music notation software features a network license option and classroom controls that allow the teacher to manage a computer lab in which students compose music.