Sunday, December 12th, 2010 | technology
Some teachers claim that, when they move technology into their classrooms, they don’t have to purchase any educational software products – they create their own teaching and learning material. If you are one of those teachers – good for you!
If you’re not yet in their league, don’t despair. Packaged educational software can be a valuable stepping stone while you’re familiarizing yourself with the use of technology in the classroom.
Excellent software packages are available commercially. Some software may be bundled with the device you purchase – this is particularly so in the case of interactive whiteboards. In other cases good software programs are available from software vendors to suit all your classroom needs.
A common mistake of teachers new to technology is to purchase too many software packages. Some of these turn out to be less useful that they seem at first. It is sad when you spend all your available funds on software that is of little value to you, and then find you can’t afford appropriate programs. Avoid this mistake by starting off slowly – perhaps with only one simple program – and as you progress and come to grips with classroom technology you’ll be in a better position to select software that will really be useful to you.
Some software may be available to you at no cost:
Examine the software that is bundled with the device you purchase. These products are often of limited value, but may suffice to start you off.
The internet is a rich source of free software. Thousands of teachers have developed resources, including complete lessons, and have made them available on the web. These resources are mostly tried and tested.
Your school may hold a site license for educational software programs. Enquire from the vendor of the product whether the license entitles you to use the software in your classroom without additional cost.
Software suppliers may make software products available to you on a trial basis for a month or so – you can try before you buy. This is an ideal way to avoid purchasing products that you won’t use in future.
Software does not have to cost you an arm and a leg if you choose it judiciously. Start small, use what you have as stepping stones, and strive to reach the point where you can develop your own no-cost learning material.
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