Spreadsheets: vindicated at last!

Spreadsheets: vindicated at last!

I’ve long been an ardent advocate of spreadsheets. They can be an invaluable tool in business, education or any other field in which planning, cost or both are paramount. As far as Computing and ICT is concerned, they can be used for teaching modelling and computational thinking. However, they have been denigrated as being “just” an office tool, far removed from the exciting world of coding or robotics.

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Well, apart from the fact that spreadsheets can be exciting and an enjoyable way of problem-solving, in the real world spreadsheets are still very much in demand. In fact, in most businesses, “spreadsheet literacy”, to coin phrase, is almost certainly more useful than “coding”, and a recently-published white paper would seem to bear this out.

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cross-posted at www.ictineducation.org

Terry Freedman is an independent educational ICT consultant with over 35 years of experience in education. He publishes the ICT in Education website and the newsletter “Digital Education."