When you think of educational software, you probably imagine software that
teaches math or another educational subject. What you probably don't know
is there are many types of educational software. Offered in just about any
subject area you desire, you can select the best software to suit you or
your child's needs. Whether you are a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner,
you can find educational software that is sure to help you improve your skills.
Visual learners learn through seeing and auditory learners learn by listening.
Then there are the kinesthetic learners that learn by moving and touching.
Choosing the best software for your child's learning style is important. Whether
a child learns better visually, by movement, or auditory is important. Learning
more about the best way your child learns will help tremendously in choosing
the correct software program for your child. Find software that will involve
your child in clicking certain areas of the screen if they are a kinesthetic
learner. Look for vibrant colors and plenty of visual aids for the visual learner
and for the auditory learner you should seek out software with interesting and
lively informational stories and lectures.
Educational software is available in several categories. Productivity, tutorials,
simulation, reference, problem solving and drills are just some of the category
options available. Productivity programs are word processors often used for typing
projects such as book reports and spreadsheets. Reference programs will include
dictionaries, encyclopedias and more specific topics such as a mammal reference
or volcano reference software program. These learning tools come with outstanding
graphics for visual learners and often include sound for those who learn best
editorially. Clickable areas make them interactive for those kinesthetic learners.
Many reading software programs are available and will include enhanced
animation, talking characters, and clickable objects. There are many
mathematical software games to choose from. Select educational software
from those that provide basic math solving to interactive mathematical
software that lets you use your basic math skills to complete a search
or other type of adventure. Selecting the correct software for your individual
learner should be easier once you've learned which type of educational
software will benefit them the most.