The computer is a truly multi-functional device. On the one hand it is a product of education and intellectual enquiry, on the other it is a tool towards better education. The computer has been an educational device at many levels. During the early years of its evolution, the computer served as a tool of research in various universities. It was the computer that helped in the recording, processing and analysis of information, and in this way helped progress the pursuit of knowledge. Once the computer had become standardized and efficient tools and had become commercially viable, the computer became a mass education tool. Schools, colleges and institutions of higher learning were the largest patrons of computers, and it is they (along with business) who held the commercial viability of the computing project. Once the computer had entered the school and the college, it became the quintessential educative medium.
Education in the context of computers has two aspects. Education about computers, also called computer education. And education through computers. Books have long been considered manís best friend. The computer is much, much more. The computer is a computing and processing machine. It can give excellent demonstration of mathematical concepts. The various educational software extend the teaching capabilities of the computer further. Primary purpose of educational software is teaching or self-learning. It ranges from programs for pre-school children, which have a large entertainment component, to straightforward typing tutors and programs that teach foreign languages. Various other educational resources, like the guidebooks and encyclopedias, the online atlases and dictionaries, the language guides and the physics projects, etc are all facets of online education.
In this section we provide links to many educational resources, educational software, and other learning resources.