Relative Advantage of Spreadsheets and Databases

When thinking about the term spreadsheet, our first thoughts are often of complicated formulas, pie charts and graphs, along with tables that go on for pages. While spreadsheets certainly hold their purpose in performing calculations, they also provide a powerful tool for organizing and visualizing information. Once entered, the data can be turned into a chart, graph or even flashcards using Google Docs and Gadgets! Here are some of the advantages of using spreadsheets and databases in the classroom: Continue reading

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Why PowerPoint Isn’t Dead

“Design is about making things good (and then better) and right (and fantastic) for the people who use and encounter them.”

— Matt Beale

We’ve all sat through presentations full of text, poor graphics or overly-flashy slides and wondered why the speaker didn’t just provide us with a handout. Often times, the speaker may simply copy and paste their presentation onto slides or spend little time proofing the presentation. While PowerPoint is an easy tool to misuse, it has some very promising uses for education: Continue reading