As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!
Q: What’s the easiest way to introduce 3rd graders to Excel charts?
A: Before making charts, try this easy and fun intro to Excel columns, rows and tools (Click the link; scroll down to Dec. 9th 2010, to creating a gingerbread house in Excel).
When students have gone through the basics and feel like that scary interface (with the blank boxes and letters and numbers) isn’t so scary, you’re ready to create a chart. Collect class data (for step-by-step, go to Jan. 24th on my 3rd grade wiki,). Highlight the labels and data and push F11.
That’s it–a simple chart.
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