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Using spreadsheets in the classroom


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There are many educational uses of spreadsheets that encourage higher-order thinking and help visual learners. And, they are useful in a variety of subject areas in addition to mathematics.

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Using spreadsheets in the classroom

  1. 1. Using Spreadsheets in the Classroom Pat McCauley Revised: September 2010 NOTE: Certain materials are included under the fair use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law and have been prepared according to the multimedia fair use guidelines and are restricted from further use.
  2. 2. What is a Spreadsheet? <ul><li>Definition: A table of values arranged in rows and columns. Each value can have a predefined relationship to the other values. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. 3. Three Primary Functions <ul><li>Storing data </li></ul><ul><li>Performing calculations </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting information </li></ul>
  4. 4. Instructional Uses of Excel <ul><li>Demonstrations </li></ul><ul><li>Student Products </li></ul><ul><li>Support for problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>Storing and analyzing data </li></ul><ul><li>Projecting grades </li></ul>
  5. 5. Productivity Uses of Excel <ul><li>Recording and maintaining student grades </li></ul><ul><li>Administering classroom budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining attendance charts </li></ul><ul><li>Creating charts and graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating numerical, statistical, and logical concepts and computations </li></ul><ul><li>And much more </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why should spreadsheets be used in the classroom? <ul><li>Provides concrete ways to explore abstract concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Effective with visual learners and younger students </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes higher-order thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes collaboration </li></ul>
  7. 7. Order of Operations in Excel <ul><li>() Parentheses </li></ul><ul><li>- Negative number if used with one operand </li></ul><ul><li>% Percentage </li></ul><ul><li>^ Exponentiation </li></ul><ul><li>* and / Multiplication and division </li></ul><ul><li>+ and - Addition and subtraction </li></ul><ul><li>& Connects two text values to produce one </li></ul><ul><li>Continuous text value </li></ul><ul><li>= Equal to, < Less than, <= Equal to or less than, > Greater than, >= Equal to or greater than, <> Not equal to </li></ul>
  8. 8. Single Use Spreadsheets <ul><li>Your students can create spreadsheets designed to accomplish a single task. </li></ul>
  9. 9. More Spreadsheet Examples
  10. 10. Graphing Themes <ul><li>Favorite Things – books, cereal, color, holiday, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>How many? – Trees of different kinds, Games won/lost, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Measurements – Inches of rain/snow, blocks/miles to school, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Dividing things up – How money is spent, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>How things change over time – Plant’s height over several weeks, length of shadows throughout the day, etc. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Internet Resources
  12. 12. Bibliography <ul><li>Lewis, P. (2006). Spreadsheet Magic, 2 nd ed . Includes CD-ROM with Lesson Templates and Samples . Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). </li></ul><ul><li>Mills, S.C. & Roblyer, M.D. (2006). Technology tools for teachers: A Microsoft® Office Tutorial , 2 nd ed . Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall. </li></ul>