Only the Best Reports Rapid Growth in Mac Software for K-12

By Kinnaman, Daniel E. | Technology & Learning, October 1991 | Go to article overview

Only the Best Reports Rapid Growth in Mac Software for K-12


Kinnaman, Daniel E., Technology & Learning


The 1992 version of Only the Best: The Annual Guide to Highest-Rated Education Software/Multimedia, Preschool-Grade 12, which was released in late August by Education News Service (ENS), has found that the number of highly rated education software programs that run on Apple's Macintosh increased by 100 percent during the past year. Of the 183 software programs identified by the new guide, 31 percent of them run on a Macintosh, compared with 15 percent in the 1991 guide, and only ten percent in the 1990 guide.

To be included in Only the Best, a software package must have received a minimum of either two "excellent" and three or one "excellent" and three "good/favorable" ratings from the 37 education evaluation services in the U.S. and Canada monitored by ENS. A software package receiving a "negative" rating from any U.S. service is automatically eliminated.

In addition to the marked increase in Macintosh software, several other significant trends underway in the school software market are noted in the 1992 guide, including the following.

- Forty-six percent of the software packages in Only the Best run on IBM and compatible computers, up from 31 percent in the 1991 edition.

- Fourteen multimedia courseware programs using videodiscs and/or CD-ROM were cited in the 1992 guide, compared with just two such packages in the 1991 edition.

- The number of superior science programs and tools for students and teachers to use in producing presentations, reports, and instructional material increased significantly over previous editions.

- There are not so many packages that run on Apple II machines as in previous years. …

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