We live in what is being described as the Information Age. As we are bombarded with every increasing amounts of data, each of us needs access to special tools to help us make sense of all this info. Excel is a spreadsheet program that provides many of those tools. Excel can be used to perform calculations using built-in formulas, everything from Standard Deviation to car payments. Excel can be used to calculate grades, chart data that would otherwise be difficult to understand, or manage your next candy sale.

The focus of this course is how Excel can be used to increase student understanding and achievement. The hands-on exercises are tied to actual classroom and administrative activities using formulas and calculations, charting, Hyperlinks, database functions, web publishing, text manipulation, and so much more.The only limitation is your imagination.

Primary Learning Objectives

1. Provide participants with the skills necessary to utilize Excel in their classrooms.

2. Demonstrate the impact Excel can have on instruction and learning.

3. Provide some background on how classrooms are going to change in the future.

4. Give participants a new tool they can use to help students achieve.

In addition, students will:

    • learn to apply technology to facilitate a variety of effective assessment and evaluation strategies.

    • become confident in their ability to plan and design learning environments and activities supported by technology.

    • learn to apply the use technology to enhance their productivity and professional practice.

    • learn to implement curriculum plans that include methods and strategies for applying technology to maximize student learning.

    • gain understanding of the social, ethical, legal, and human issues surrounding the use of technology in our schools.

    • gain understanding of the role technology can play in supporting the acquisition of language and the development of literacy skills.

    • become comfortable enough with technology that they will begin to try new things, take risks, and be more innovating in their teaching.

    • find a new way of doing something and share it with a colleague.

    • understand the relationship between skills can techniques learned in this course with National Technology Standards.

    • apply the technical skills and competencies they acquire in this class to achievement standards in the subject areas.

What students say about TEC 921:

"This was a great course! I learned a lot about Excel."

"I'd highly suggest taking this class if you have any desire to use Excel."

"The skills I learned in these courses will save me time and energy in my teaching assignment!"

"Great course. A lot of realistic assignments. It definitely gives me ideas for my classes."

"I had no idea how my knowledge of Excel prior to the class had only scratched the surface of Excel's power and usability!"

"I loved the format and have learned so much - I will definitely be recommending the course to colleagues."

"This Excel class was great. I was able to learn a ton of new information that I look forward to using in the classroom."