What to focus on when choosing an editor for your education software – Bett UK 2022

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On 23-25 March 2022, CKEditor 5 is joining Bett UK where 400+ Edtech providers will share their solution with the educational community. But before we land in London and tell you all about easy and reliable writing solutions CKEditor 5 can offer, we would like to quickly go over some key points education software creators should watch out for when choosing an editor for their software, and what sort of performance they can expect from CKEditor 5 in those areas.

# Focus on writing

Every learning management system, digital learning environment, content platform and countless other types of education software have different requirements for their writing needs. So the first point is also the most meta; it requires creators to assess their software’s focus on writing, whether they need a simple solution for data entry or a complex one where many users will be creating content heavily and hence the software will require to cover many edge cases.

After the initial assessment of needs comes the assessment of how users write, which features they expect, which features they cannot live without (e.g Paste from Word). Checking if the writing component in consideration provides all the needed features doesn’t just come down to checking the features list. It requires further investigation to understand how the rich text editors available on the market compare when it comes to the performance of their functionalities, as not every feature or editor works the same way despite looking similar at first glance.

What you can expect from CKEditor 5 in this area is that it has many features that are crucial for education software needs like tables, lists, media embed, links, block quotes, or MathType. You can check how these top-notch quality features perform on the demos available both on our website and the documentation pages.

See CKEditor 5 feature overview

# Focus on collaboration

Education technology received its share from the pandemic, and like many other areas in our lives saw a huge shift to remote and online presence. Even though everything is gradually moving back to normal, pre-pandemic dynamics, it is clear that the need for software solutions that connect you to people will be here to stay, and online writing solutions are a big part of that.

Collaborative writing solutions evolved into a must, both for students who need to collaborate on projects or assignments together, and for teachers, academics, or administrators who need to create papers and documents together or simply be on the same page when it comes to content.

Although existing solutions like Google Docs are helpful, there is a need for more when it comes to flexibility, ownership and customization.

This is where CKEditor 5 comes in with a unique offer, giving any education application a chance to have their own collaborative editor, with the look and features that perfectly suit their users. It is an unprecedented collaborative writing solution when you factor in the ease of customization and integration (that can be virtually done in hours), out-of-the-box on-premises and cloud backend solutions as well as a wide selection of nifty functionalities. It’s possible to have the exact look or functionality like Google Docs, with comments, suggestions, version history and real-time collaboration, but all within your education software.

Discover collaboration features

# Focus on productivity

Reliable solutions can increase productivity and decrease frustrations, and user and productivity focused features can help even further to streamline your work with little to no effort. Especially when it comes to education technology software that caters for students who become more and more tech savvy every day and, as software-users, look for solutions that simply just work, offering features which can speed up their school projects and written assignments to match the fast-moving environment of today.

From the software creators’ side, productivity requirements are slightly different. They need software that is easy to work with when it comes to customization, and with documentation as well as a customer support team to guide developers through the building process, saving the development effort, resources and time.

CKEditor 5 offers a handful of features that focus directly on productivity through automation, autoformatting, autosave, customizable keyboard shortcuts, spell and grammar check.

Furthermore, from the development side, the editor offers ready-to-use editor builds, an online builder to customize your own build in a matter of minutes, and native integrations with frameworks like React, Vue.js, and Electron. On top of that, the editor’s modular architecture and wide offer of APIs, both on-premises and cloud solutions with thorough documentation, guides and support make it easier to customize and build your own editor as well as your own features.

# Meet us at Bett UK 2022

If you are intrigued by the idea to add a next generation rich text editor to your application and offer your users a top-notch writing experience in your education technology software, give CKEditor 5 a try. Whether you catch us at Bett UK or reach out to us online for a chat, we are here to take the writing experience your application offers to the next level.

Meet us at Bett UK

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