Spreadsheet Workshop

Today was an InService professional development day. Other teachers know what I’m talking about. I gave a workshop on spreadsheets, specifically google sheets, but it all also applies to Excel.

I love spreadsheets. They are so powerful and make things much easier—if you know how to use them. I’ve seen many teachers doing things that would be easier and faster if they used a spreadsheet.

So I made a spreadsheet to explain things like cells, cell addresses, simple formulas like SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, etc. The teachers taking the workshop really liked it and immediately saw how this would be useful for them. The last part was on conditional formatting and they really liked that.

Most of the teachers went from knowing almost nothing about spreadsheets to knowing how to have a spreadsheet do math and other useful things.