Data… let technology crunch the numbers!

So today I sat in a 2 hour training on Excel.  I’ll be honest, I can’t say I was looking forward to it.  I mean,really, how many elementary educators are using Excel in their classrooms?However if someone could show me age appropriate and teacher-friendly uses for this mammoth software I was willing to jump in.  I did, and I am psyched!  Why are we not embracing the abilities of Excel during our Data Delays?  Excel can count, sort, filter, and organize your data for you.  We elementary educators work too hard!  It’s time to start letting the technology lend the muscle while we steer.

Besides moving and copying report card worksheets into an existing workbook, there is a wealth of possibilities for integrating Excel into your classroom instruction.  A third grade teacher in our building uses an Excel Spreadsheet daily for her students to mark their attendance and graph her students’ lunch choices.  This is done by the students every AM as they enter her homeroom.

Excel could also be used to keep data for science investigations.  When your class measures plant growth, shadow length, size/shape/texture of rocks, or any other experiement that requires data to be collected, why not create a workbook where each group has their own sheet to record and insert a chart detailing their experimental statistics?

Think it over, maybe your students will begin to excel in the classroom when you integrate Excel into their instruction.

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About bulldogtechteach

I am a technology integrator serving in a k-1 and a 2-5 elementary building. I firmly believe in the power of technology to engage students and allow them to create and master their learning.
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