Education Software Market 2021

William Elcock

Updated · Jun 19, 2021

It can be used for all aspects of the education industry and include applications such as student information systems, classroom management software and reference management software.

See below to learn about the education software market, in terms of types of applications, features, benefits, use cases and providers. 

Education software

Education software can encompass many different aspects of the education sector. Essentially education software is made up of tools that help any area of the education industry to do its job more efficiently and effectively. Since education software is used in all aspects of the education sector, it’s only natural that it isn’t only used by students. It is also used by administrators, teachers, students, and parents.

Types of education software

Here some of the main types of education software available:

  • Assessment software: This type of software assesses and tests students virtually. After the assessment/testing, the software program then checks the answers and returns results and answers.

  • Classroom aids: This type of software uses audio and visual resources to create engaging educational content for students. 

  • Corporate training and tertiary education: This category of education software allows educators to deliver educational content in modules over the internet.

  • Courseware: Courseware refers to software that packages all of the materials needed to complete a learning objective or course. This includes lessons and tests. Some of these courses can be delivered online or they may be downloadable. 

  • Mathematical software: This type of software is useful for helping to solve mathematical problems; especially more complex ones. This software can also help students to improve their math problem-solving skills.

  • Educational games: These are games that make learning fun. They combine key learning concepts surrounding a topic and combine this with a game to make the process of learning about a new concept fun.

  • Authoring systems: This type of software enables teachers to create their own digital educational content. This can include things like lessons and tutorials that are meant to teach specific topics.

  • Desktop publishing software: This type of software is commonly used to create content such as documents and educational brochures and flyers.

  • Tutorial software: This type of software helps students to build their skill through practice and also helps teachers to assess students’ capabilities.

school students on laptop computers in classroom

Courtesy Adobe.

Education software features

  • Interactive: The interactivity of education software helps to keep users of the software engaged. 

  • Personalization: Good education software can be adjusted according to the user. This means tweaking settings to fit the individual user.

  • Feedback: All relevant parties should be able to get clear feedback, such as through easy-to-interpret visual data.

  • Ease of use: The application should be easy to use to ensure it aids teachers/students instead of slowing them down.

Education software benefits

  • Organization: Education software usually stores information in a comprehensive manner, which allows for easy access to material when needed. In many cases, content can be accessed from a cloud-based interface.

  • Reduced costs: Education software makes education processes more efficient, which helps drive costs down. Depending on how the education is deployed, overhead costs can be cut if students are working remotely.

  • Reduced teacher loads: Since software helps to make processes more efficient, teachers can focus more on teaching and their students.

  • Better performing and more engaged students: Many educational software products use technologies that keep students more engaged, leading to better performance. 

Education software use cases

Here are a couple examples of education software being used in the sector:

Unifying teaching approach

Senegal has a large number of schools that are geographically far apart. This can make it difficult to synchronize teaching material across common age groups. However, with the help of Microsoft, Senegal’s Ministry of Education was able to use a powerful tool known as SIMEN (National Education Information and Management System) that is a comprehensive hub of educational information that facilitates learning remotely. By having a unified system, schools can be on the same page. 

Using social media for educator development

Teachers in Albermale County Public Schools are using a social media platform called Yammer to share educational strategies that can help the children they’re teaching thrive.

Education software market

The education software market is expected to grow to $11.3 billion by 2024.

The market is growing due partly to the demand for technology in education, translation, and multimedia content, such as video and audio.

Education software makers

These are some of the key players in the education software market:

  • Microsoft

  • Oracle

  • Instructure

  • Workday

  • Follett School Solutions

  • Blackbaud

  • Ellucian

  • Blackboard

  • SAP

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