How to use educational software to improve important job skills
As the Internet keeps permeating most of the aspects of our life, it’s only logical that we are also experiencing a change in how education is managed. Most of these new processes have come about largely via educational online programs such as Massive Open Online Courses or premium e-Learning platforms such as Lynda, Udacity or Udemy.
This article is aimed to introduce you to different types of education software categories available in the market, their uses and benefits. Some categories will also link to a review of the best software available.
Educational Software – Benefits
Efficiency – Educational software is becoming more intricate, efficient, and reliable, able to provide people with different needs or demands the knowledge they’ve been lacking. In fact, we could simply be our own teachers deciding what we will learn next.
Flexibility – The major benefit of these types of software is flexibility. You can learn at your own pace, convenient time and place. Most e-learning tools, of course, also aim at making us more efficient and successful professionally, socially, and personally. A good thing is, that you don’t need to be an expert or experienced to use these software.
Variety – Let’s have a look at some of the most effective e-learning tools that are also available on different platforms such as desktops, android or iOS and cloud (web) based.
1. Touch Typing Software
Typing software will teach you how to type faster or improve existing skills. It will help you in learning important touch typing techniques and makes typing faster and more accurate as you progress.
There are different packages available in the market for different audiences (Adults or kids, Parents or Teachers) and operating systems (Windows, Mac, Android). It teaches you proper technique to increase your typing speed and also correct posture and hand positioning.
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2. Reading Improvement Software
Speed reading software saves a lot of your time by making your reading speed faster. With the help of this, you can read a non-fiction book, the full newspaper or a course book in lesser time (If you are a student).
Popular programs will come with thousands of eBooks on different topics and also allow users to import their own documents to read.
Most of them come with different exercises, goal settings (words read per minute) and eye strengthening trainings. It teaches techniques to improve your concentration while reading and also tracks your progress. You can download it on your computer or access it on web. They are available for individual use and for organizations as well.
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3. Language Learning Software
Learning a new language can be challenging and fun at the same time. It requires a lot of time and effort to command a language completely. To choose the right software, we must consider few factors such as our past exposure to the language, purpose of learning (hobby or traveling to a new place or part of the curriculum) and goal.
For example, if you are traveling to a particular place and want to communicate with people in their language then you would need to learn few words and sentences which are commonly used, not the full language. Software packages come with different tools based on your needs. Some teaches vocabulary and grammar to have reading and writing command on language while some have audios to help in pronunciation.
4. Vocabulary Builder Software
Vocabulary software proves to be very useful in preparation for competitive exams like GRE or SAT, which requires powerful vocabulary. It helps in improving your vocabulary by introducing new word with thorough meaning (which includes the history of the word and its usage) its spelling, pronunciation, synonyms, and antonyms.
It also teaches how to use the word in day to day conversation so that you won’t forget the word and retain it.
There are varieties of this software available in the market, some offer audio recording for proper pronunciation, and some have different levels and progress tracking tools, flash cards, exercises, games or puzzles to make learning fun. There are small exercises which can be done in less than 15 minutes a day and also a calendar with a new word every day. You need not to spend a lot of time and effort in learning new words, this educational software makes it easier for you.
5. Spelling Software
Spelling software is mainly developed for kids but can be used by adults too. It teaches user how to spell a word correctly in a fun way and keeps him motivated by giving small spelling challenges.
It should have a huge database of words and various fun exercises, visuals, games and audios to make your child learn without getting bored of words.
Spelling tutors also allow you to add your own words and spellings list. It has a tracking tool by which you can track your progress in the form of graph, simple data or charts. Most of this e-learning software are compatible with the tablets and smartphones so you can carry them with you and learn at your own pace and time.
6. Writing Enhancement Software
Writing is a powerful way to express yourself but when you make spelling mistakes and write grammatically incorrect sentences, this powerful way can cause more harm than good. It can make your self-confidence low and could cause you embarrassment. There are many different styles we come across in our day to day work such as email writing, report and official documents writing.
This software helps you in improvising your writing skill by checking basic grammar which includes subject-verb agreement, tenses, proper use of adverbs and adjectives etc., spelling mistakes, sentence correction and punctuations. It can help you with different writing styles and makes it look professional and effective. This software is updated regularly to include latest names, abbreviations and common proper nouns. Software package has built-in style checker and dictionary, it can be used when you work with word processor and also online.
7. More Educational Software
Reading and literacy software constitutes another large part of educational software. From 3D anatomy learning software, to music theory and Photoshop skills, there’s no skill or knowledge that e-learning software hasn’t already touched upon (or will soon).
Dictionaries and thesauruses have been around in digital form for more than 15 years, and as technology advances, they become more intuitive and extensive in their features, unlocking a great knowledge potential.
Mapping, astronomy, and genealogy software are part of an increasingly popular educational software niche with hardcore fans. Travel planning, genealogy tree building, and astronomy software products are particularly popular with young people fascinated by the sciences, or people looking to research their family legacy.
Mind-mapping and other note-taking software seeks to replace conventional pen and paper note-taking with a more streamlined and easily editable model which promotes learning and studying.
Educational Software: Summary
In above article we learnt about different types of educational software available to the users which can help them in improving their existing skills and also provide guidance in learning new skills. One can find many other learning software based on his needs and goals. Most of these software are compatible with various platforms including web, desktop, tablets and smartphones and are accessible to most of the users.
Unleashing our creativity, stretching our potential
Educational software systems are now significantly more affordable and reliable than they were 10 years ago. As responsible adults, thirsty for quality knowledge, it’s our duty to seek more knowledge, hone more skills, and discover new creative talents through the plethora of educational tools we’re being offered today.
In this way, keep yourself educated and enjoy a few of the many options available!
What online or elearning software tool do you use? Do you use certain teacher or kids learning programs? Let us know in the comments below.
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