Spreadsheets for Beginners

Spreadsheets for Beginners

Teach spreadsheets to junior students

When kids enjoy math and are engaged, they learn skills more effectively. Finding a project where students are both having fun and building proficiency in mathematics is a bonus. The newest release by TechnoKids Inc., TechnoCandy, fits the bill perfectly! In this technology project, elementary and middle school students acquire math skills as they learn about spreadsheets.

Learning through Problem Solving
In TechnoCandy, students develop a plan to boost candy sales. They investigate a problem by conducting a survey and researching candy packaging. A spreadsheet is used to organize, calculate, and graph data. Based on the evidence, students recommend a solution in a written report.
The practical, real world nature of the problem appeals to children. When they understand the connection between math skills and their applications, mathematics becomes interesting and relevant. Helping a candy company to improve their marketing strategies is sure to be an appealing challenge.

Templates Simplify Learning
The problem solving activities in TechnoCandy make use of templates. In this way, students spend no time setting up spreadsheets, but rather focus on interpreting data and devising a solution.

Use Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Slides, AND Google Forms!
The TechnoCandy technology project, with its many optional activities, builds skills using many Google Apps tools. Students create pie and line graphs using Google Sheets, write a solution using Google Docs, design a candy package using Google Slides, and conduct a survey using Google Forms.

Enrichment Activities Extend Learning with Spreadsheets for Beginners
Challenging extension activities included in TechnoCandy make learning spreadsheets fun. Activities for a range of levels, from junior through middle school, include:

  • Play spreadsheet Bingo
  • Draw spreadsheet pictures
  • Explore addition formulas
  • Investigate pie and line graphs
  • Develop advanced graphing skills

Spreadsheets for Beginners

TechnoHella

About TechnoHella

Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.