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Educational Software Categories


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Educational Software Categories

  1. 1. Educational Software Categories The University of Akron 5500:475
  2. 2. Tutorials <ul><li>Through text and maybe audio “teaches” you the content. </li></ul><ul><li>User may choose to repeat a section again or to skip sections that are not suited. </li></ul><ul><li>May build in “check” questions to allow the user to self-check his/her understanding. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Tutorial Examples <ul><li>Typing Instructor for Kids </li></ul>
  4. 4. Drill and Practice <ul><li>Glorified flash cards. </li></ul><ul><li>May have a gaming aspect to it (i.e. earning points, getting to another level) </li></ul><ul><li>Quick recall items, such as math facts, foreign language vocabulary. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes called “Drill and Kill” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Drill and Practice Examples <ul><li>Treasure Math Storm </li></ul><ul><li>Algeblaster </li></ul>
  6. 6. Database <ul><li>Contains tons and tons of facts on a topic. </li></ul><ul><li>User can sort through the facts in an organized manner. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Database Examples <ul><li>PC Globe , Mac Globe </li></ul><ul><li>Africana </li></ul><ul><li>Presidents of the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Carmen SanDiego (with a gaming aspect) </li></ul><ul><li>Adam </li></ul>
  8. 8. Simulation <ul><li>Creates an environment in which the user can pretend to be in a decision-making environment, but where the repercussions for mistakes aren’t so severe. </li></ul><ul><li>After “messing up”, user can try the scenario again with new information and, therefore, better odds for success. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Simulation Examples <ul><li>Sim City , Sim Earth, Sim Ant, RollerCoaster Tycoon , The Sims </li></ul><ul><li>Operation Frog </li></ul><ul><li>Oregon Trail </li></ul>
  10. 10. Educational Games <ul><li>Tutorials, Drill and Practice, Database, or Simulations, a combination, or a problem-solving program with a win/lose component. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Application <ul><li>A “blank slate” that enables the user to create freely within some bounds or parameter. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Application Examples <ul><li>Word </li></ul><ul><li>Excel </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Kid Pix </li></ul><ul><li>Timeliner </li></ul>