Software and High school

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The beginning of the 1990's is marked by the era of

computers. Everywhere we look ,we see computers. They have become

an essential part of our every day life. If the world's computer

systems were turned off even for a short amount of time,

unimaginable disasters would occur. We can surely say that

today's world is heading into the future with the tremendous

influence of computers. These machines are very important players

in the game, the key to the success however is proper software

(computer programs). It is the software that enables computers to

perform a certain tasks. Educational systems in developed

countries realize the importance of computers in the future world

and therefore, emphasize their use in schools and secondary

institutions. The proper choice of software is very important

especially for beginners. Their first encounter with the computer

should be exiting and fun. It should stimulate their interest in

the computing field.

First and foremost is the fact that computer software

is a very important educational tool. Students in high schools

experience computers for the first time through games and other

entertaining software. These help develop youth's mental pathway

in the way of logic, reflexes and the ability to make quick and

concrete decisions [Lipcomb, 66]. The next step requires them to

think more seriously about the machines. Secondary students learn

the first steps in computer programming by creating simple

programs. Here, the assistance of useful software is necessary.

The computer software has many applications in the real world and

is found virtually everywhere.

The new generation of very fast computers introduces us

to a new type of software. Multimedia is a of computer program

that not only delivers written data for the user, but also

provides visual support of the topic. By exploring the influence

of multimedia upon high school students. I have concluded that

the usage of multimedia have significantly increased students'

interest in particular topics(supported by the multimedia). In

order get these positive results, every child has to have a

chance to use the technology on a daily basis [jacsuz@].

Mathematics is one of the scientific fields that has

employed the full potential of computer power complicated problem

solving. By using the computer, students learn to solve difficult

problems even before they acquire tough mathematical vocabulary.

The Geometer's Sketch pad, a kind of math software, is used in

many Canadian high schools as a powerful math tutor.

Students can pull and manipulate geometric figures and at the

same time give them specific attributes. The next best feature of

the software is a drawing document. It allows for easy drawing of

perfect ellipses, rectangles and lines. Over all students' marks

in the particular subject that have used helpful software have

significantly increased. [mhurych@].

Computers have been used commercially for well over 50,

their significant use in modern society however has never been so

high. People rely on computers in every aspect of their lives.

Medicine, engineering and other highly specialized fields of

science use computers in their work. Computer education is very

important. It builds the basis for future generations which will

be more dependent on computers than we are today.

The usage of computers depends mainly on the software. It is

software that navigates computers through series of commands to a

desired goal. Computer programs used in high schools must

motivate students to study. The degree of difficulty of the

computer software has to increase with the age of the user. Games

are introduced first as icebreakers between children and

machines. Later, more difficult software is used. Overall I think

that computer software is very important tool in high school

education.Drake (1987).