Choosing Software

Choosing Software for You and Your Family (1986)

Computer education at home, especially for children, was an important aspect to the LO*OP Center. As one of their computer tutorials, Choosing Software for You and Your Children teaches children and parents alike the basics of software selection, installation, and use. The tutorial also explains different types of software platforms, educational software used in schools, as well as copyright and legal restrictions on sharing software. Finding useful and free or affordable software was a concern for teachers, leading to the founding of CUE or Computer Using Educators in 1978. One of the projects affiliated with the group was SOFTSWAP, created by librarian Ann Lathrop, which afforded teachers the opportunity to pass public domain learning software amongst themselves as well as providing a venue for the review of proprietary education software.