Sunday, April 13, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Sheppard Software - Activities for All Grades and Subjects

Sheppard Software has a great collection of free educational software that teachers and students can download for Windows operating systems. (Some programs may work with Mac, but I couldn't make them work correctly on my Mac).

Not to worry tough Mac users because Sheppard Software has a fantastic collection of free web-based educational games. As you can see in the image below, Sheppard Software's free games cover Science, Math, Social Studies, and Language Arts. Most of the games are appropriate for elementary and middle school students, but some games are appropriate for high school students. The geography games are particularly good.


Applications for Education
Educational games are good way for students to practice skills and use prior learning. Educational games have value for teachers in heterogeneous classrooms as educational games are a good tool for differentiating instruction.
One of the highlights of the geography game about Asia is that students can hear country names pronounced. This is particularly useful for American students who can struggle with the pronunciation of country names like Kyrgyzstan or Tajikistan.