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# Excelling with Microsoft Excel

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Excel could be used in real classroom instructions:
construct a pictograph with Excel, which is a graph that uses pictures to represent the values being graphed; create time-lines with Excel to help students visualize and understand trends; use Microsoft Excel to analyze survey data.
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### Excelling with Microsoft Excel

1. 1. Excelling with Microsoft Excel<br />Sirui Wang, Ph.D. student<br />TaralynnHartsell, Ph.D, Associate Professor, <br />Instructional Technology and Design<br />The University of Southern Mississippi<br /> <br />February, 2011<br />
2. 2. What is Microsoft Excel?<br />Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheetprogram<br />that allows one to enter numerical values <br />or data into rows or columns of a <br />spreadsheet, and to use these numerical<br />entries for tasks such as calculations,<br />graphs, and statistical analysis.<br />
3. 3. Spreadsheet<br />A spreadsheet is a computer application that<br />simulates a paper, accounting worksheet.<br />
4. 4. What does a Spreadsheet look like?<br />It displays multiple cells that together make up a<br />grid consisting of rows and columns, with each<br />cell containing alphanumeric text, numeric<br />values, or formulas.<br />
5. 5. How does Spreadsheet work?<br />A formula defines how the content of a cell is to<br />be calculated from the contents of any other cell<br />(or combination of cells) each time any cell is<br />updated. Spreadsheets are frequently used for<br />financial information because of their ability to<br />re-calculate the entire sheet automatically after a<br />change.<br />
6. 6. What could a Spreadsheet be used for?<br />Here are some resources:<br /> <br />Educational usages of spreadsheets<br />Title: Spreadsheets, Mathematics, Science, and Statistics Education<br />URL: http://sunsite.univie.ac.at/Spreadsite/<br /> <br />A case study of lesson plans for middle school<br />Title: Using Graphs to Investigate Candy Color Distribution<br />URL: http://www.microsoft.com/education/candy.mspx#EDC<br /> <br />Education World @ Professional Development Channel<br />Title: Spreadsheets: A Dynamic Path to Understanding Math<br />URL: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/mathchat/mathchat025.shtml<br /> <br />Integrating spreadsheets in the classroom<br />Title: Spreadsheet in Classroom<br />URL: http://www.amphi.com/~psteffen/excel.html<br />
7. 7. How to use excel in classroom instruction?<br />According to Microsoft's Education Website, Excel offers teachers numerous ways for creating engaging lessons and to enhance instruction. Teachers can: <br />construct a pictograph with Excel, which is a graph that uses pictures to represent the values being graphed.<br />create time-lines with Excel to help students visualize and understand trends.<br />use Microsoft Excel to analyze survey data.<br /> <br />(above examples are cited from http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_6778578_use-excel-classroom-instruction.html)<br /> <br />With so many demands on a teacher's time, Excel is an efficient tool for creating activities to make classroom instruction more engaging and to encourage student participation.<br />
8. 8. ~Read More~<br />The following are Excel resources available on the Web for education:<br /> <br />Word files:<br />a) Using Excel for Classroom Activities (An Internet Hotlist on Excel)<br />b) Spreadsheets in the Classroom Using Excel<br />c) WaystoUseExcel.doc<br />d) Spinning the Big Wheel_ Spreadsheet simulation.pdf<br />e) Boundary-Value Problems in Electromagnetics.pdf<br />f) Washington State's Tiers of Technology Integration (PowerPoint)<br /> <br />Web links: <br />a) Lee's Summit, MO School District Excel resources lists (Web link)<br />b) Amphitheater Public Schools' Integrating Spreadsheets in the Classroom (Web link)<br />c) Sabine Parish School District's Classrooms thatExcelResources (Web link)<br />d) internet4classrooms.com's Microsoft Excel Modules (Web link)<br />e) Washington State's Tiers of Technology Integration (PowerPoint) <br />