Communication Technology- Educ3508

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Spreadsheets in Education
Spreadsheets can be used in the classroom in many different ways. They can be used to produce charts and graphs about various types of information (for example: grade 1 students may collect information about themselves as well as the other students in their class). Spreadsheets can also be used in math assignments for calculations (for example: probability). Teachers can find spreadsheets useful to help in assessment and to calculate student marks.
Depending on the ages and grades of students, online tutorials can be used by the teacher as well as directly by the students. Online tutorials provide ideas and templates for activities that use spreadsheets that the teacher can use and implement in his/her classroom. Older students can also use online tutorials themselves to help their understanding of various components of spreadsheets and to get ideas of how to better use them.
This link called "Integrating Spreadsheets in the Classroom" contains many ideas and other links including those for other tutorials and guidelines for using spreadsheets. It also contains assessment tools and techniques using Excel as well as many lesson plans and ideas that teachers can use to integrate spreadsheet into their lessons.


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