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Software as an educational resource

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Software as an educational resource

  1. 1. The Software as an Educational Resource
  2. 2. Whenever people think about computers, they are most likely thinking about the computer machine.
  3. 3. The computer hardware can hardly be useful without the program or system that tells what the computer machine should do. This is also called the software.
  4. 4. Two Kinds Of Software: 1. System Software. This is the operating system that is found or bundled inside all computer machines. 2. Application Software. This contains the system that commands the particular task or solves a particular problem.
  5. 5. Applications Software May Be:
  6. 6. * A custom software that is made for specific tasks often by large corporations, or
  7. 7. *A commercial software packaged for personal computers that helps with variety of tasks such as writing papers, calculating numbers, drawing graphs, playing games, and so much more.
  8. 8. Microsoft Windows
  9. 9. also referred to as a program. Is an operating environment between the user and the computer operating system.
  10. 10. Also called a shell, it is a layer that creates the way the computer should work.
  11. 11. It uses a colorful graphics interface (called GUI – pronounced “gooee”) that can be seen on the computer screen or monitor whenever the computer is turned on.
  12. 12. Actually, Windows is in itself a self-contained operating system which provides the following:
  13. 13. User convenience > Just click the file name to retrieve data or click from program to program as easy as changing channels in your TV screen A new look > Fancy borders, smooth and streamlined text fonts Pug and Play > Configures the computer with added components, such as for sound and video. Instructional Software It can be visited on the Internet or can be bought from software shops or dealers.
  14. 14. The teacher should decide on the best computer-based instructional (CBI) materials for the school resource collection. Since CBIs need much improvement, while web-based educational resources are either extremely good or what is complete garbage.
  15. 15. Guidelines:
  16. 16. oBe extremely cautious in using CBIs and ‘free’ Internet materials Don’t be caught up by attractive graphics, sounds, animation, pictures, video clips and music forgetting their instructional worth. Teachers must evaluate these resources using sound pedagogical principles oAmong design and content elements to evaluate are: the text legibility effective use of color schemes attractive layout and design easy navigation from section-to-section
  17. 17. oClarity in the explanations and illustrations of concepts and principles oAccuracy, coherence; logic of information oTheir being current since data/statistics continually change oRelevance/effectiveness in attaining learning objectives oAbsence of biased materials.
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