Teaching with Technology: Using Microsoft Excel in the Classroom
Integrating technology in the classroom is becoming more and more prevalent in many schools across the world. Teachers need to think of creative ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. This guide provides help for teachers wanting to use the application, Microsoft Excel, for help in their classes. Also listed are some unique ideas for ways in which to use spreadsheets in different lesson plans.
Tutorials and Basics
The following is a list of websites that one can use to learn more about using Microsoft Excel. These can be helpful for those who have never used Excel or for those who want to learn to do more and learn how to do new things with the application.
A Beginner's Tutorial on Excel
Steps on how to use Microsoft Excel
Using Excel for the Purpose of Data Analysis
Instructions on how to use Microsoft Excel
A Guide to Microsoft Excel for Basic and Advanced Math and Graphing
Ideas for Using Excel in Class
The following is a list of ideas of way teachers can incorporate Excel spreadsheets in lesson plans in the classroom divided by subject:
- Create flashcards that students can use for test practice and take home with them as homework.
- Teachers can use Excel for the purpose of grading rubric sheets for class grades.
- Make an interactive map that can be sent to students in electronic fashion.
- Build a virtual timeline which is an ideal way to show significant events to students.
- Create posters that can be used in classrooms as visual aids when teaching a lesson.
- Create take home folder covers so that students can take home their teachers’ evaluations in style.
- Teachers can use Excel to establish a seating chart for all the students in the classroom.
- Make a classroom schedule for each day, each semester, and even the whole year.
- Create small note-cards that students can use in reports that require bibliographical information.
- Plan a to-do list of all the day’s classroom activities and lessons that are in store for the students.
- Compose reading lists for summer reading or for weekly reading exercises.
- Create spelling tests for surprise quizzes or for weekly spelling practice activities.
- Fashion a daily journal writing activity that encourages students to practice writing and creativity.
- Make various phonics lessons that teach students about correct pronunciation.
- Create MadLibs templates that students can fill out for creative writing exercises.
- Make multiplication tables that students can use for in-class practice purposes or homework assignments.
- Teachers can use Excel for graphing purposes, to have their students draw linear functions.
- Create money games that teach their students about counting the correct change in a transaction.
- Teachers can use Excel to have students practice their addition skills.
- Create graph exercises that help to teach their students about counting by twos, fives and tens.
- Compose exercises that help to educate students about the phases of the moon.
- Show their students what the Periodic Table is all about by re-creating the table on a spreadsheet with additional side-notes.
- Establish a graph that easily demonstrates the statistical results of experiments like flipping coins.
- Create charts and graphs that display already obtained information, like earthquake data, to analyze in a more orderly fashion.
- Display a list of relatively small changes in temperature for climate change activities.
- Create timelines of important events in history for the students to analyze.
- Make a list of all the presidents of the United States or of all the state capitals for students to memorize.
- Teachers can use Excel to create a stock tracker for the stock market.
- Teachers can use Excel to create a timeline of the important dates in history to remember.
- Formulate a spreadsheet of places to go on vacation, along with the costs associated with each location.
- Create a nutritional worksheet that keeps track of what students eat and drink every day.
- Create music sheets for students to compose their own songs.
- Teachers can use Excel for athletic purposes, to record entries for events like track.
- Make a safety checklist for things like bike inspections that students can use inside and outside of school.
- Create a grid on which students can play battleship by guessing the position of their opponents ship.
- Teachers can use Excel to make a hangman diagram and grid for already guessed letters.
- Create a Jeopardy grid so students can keep track of how much money they have accumulated in the game.
- Allow students a grid on which to play word scramble.
- Make and print out a word search as a fun activity during free time or indoor recess.
Additional Resources on Teaching with Excel:
Essentials of Graphing through Excel
Directions on Using Excel
Using Excel to Chart Students’ Birthdays
Utilizing Excel to Build Confidence in Students’ Math Skills
Excel Usage in Various Grades