Excel is very beneficial for students. Students can learn by using excel how to convert raw data into meaningful information. They will learn by doing exercises in Excel how to perform calculation faster. They will understand by using Excel how data can be visualized. They will learn how to do financial planning. Students can learn why data and information are important to filters.
They will learn in Excel why how to track goal progressions, how salaries are calculated etc. are essential things they will face and use in future but if they are practicing on such things using Microsoft Excel earlier in their career, it will be easy for them in future to handle the large amount of data and information easily and accurately.
Students can become good and proficient in any school or college subjects by using Microsoft Excel. Microsoft Excel is really important in our education system that enhances data management creativity in students mind. Microsoft Excel is an important application in computers that need to be used in the classroom and education. There are various reasons why Microsoft Excel is important in Education but let’s look at the following reasons I think very important to consider:-
In Excel, students can do and learn the fastest way to do calculation with accuracy
Microsoft Excel formulas, formatting options and other data management and visualization tool can help students to perform complex mathematical, logical and financial calculation faster with accuracy.
Microsoft Excel contains various educational and business tools and features. It means if students start learning and start working on Excel from the earlier as possible then it will easier for them in future to handle and understand the pattern of data and information when they join computer or computer science degree or any organization. Today, Data management and visualization in business is a most important thing. In future students will work in organizations and companies, in that they will find it comfortable to deal with data and information.
Microsoft Excel Tools such as conditional formatting, sorting, filters, use of chart and illustration in data visualization, use of pivot table, logical formulas such as SUMIF, IF, OR, NOT, AND and various other types of text-based options in Excel is really important for students to understand how economics works in our daily life. By using such tool they will learn how to validate, consolidate, group, import and explore data and information in a computer using Microsoft Excel faster with accuracy.
Microsoft Excel builds strong analytical thinking and skills
Microsoft Excel application explores productive creativity in students mind. Finance and economics is a most important part of our life. Later they have to work in companies, HR departments, they will run their own business and they have to manage their own daily life finance. Many business owners and people suffer in business due to bad finance or money management. Students will learn such things in Excel, so they can survive or grow above survival in business and career. That’s why Excel can help to build strong financial thinking by managing, performing business and daily life financial calculation.
If students are strong in financial education before completing their academic education then it will be easier for them to get benefits from subjects like math, economics, and account in their life. And Microsoft Excel provides those tools and features for everyone.
Teachers have to include Microsoft Excel in mathematical, financial and economical topics practically. So, students can become stronger, powerful and great in money management and spending habits. Such thing if students understand and perform a calculation on their money spending habits, savings then they can predict and visualize what type of results they will get in future and what they can do if they are getting bad financial results.
This is about using data and information for predicting future. And it was happening before Microsoft Excel. But today, Computer education or Microsoft Excel practical education is not optional but a necessity for every student around the world.
Students can learn how calculation are performed
We all are seeing data and information in blogs, TV, Newspaper, and books in visuals such as charts, graph, diagrams, and reports. Such as Indian Gross Domestic production in which we can find the measurement of how good and services are produced in the year 2016 – 2017 and what are the results. Students can practice on current Financial happening in India in Microsoft Excel. Similarly, about Government budget for 2017 and 2018. But do all students think about such things before bachelor degrees? I don’t think so.
But teaching theories or historical facts in Education not enabled us to grow faster and become successful business owners at the age 30. The best method of teaching, I think will be when you include current incidents in the education, which is happening in the country.
I am not against any historical facts and figures those are included in the books or study material. But what about that is happening currently. As a student, I want to learn about demonization from the teacher, I want to learn how inflation rate effects on our savings, FD, RD etc. And I want to learn this from our teachers. Not from news channels. I don’t want to learn about it from marketers. I hope you got my point.
I only mean here, to include current happening in the studies. And using computer or internet technologies in a way so they can help us to create better future for our students. And Microsoft Excel or computer education will speed up the process of development of students mind. I can be wrong, but it’s not ok, to be right when you are facing unemployment problems in our country. It means your education policies or processes are weakest. It’s not students fault, its fault in the brain of policy makers.
It’s really important for school and colleges’ to provide an appropriate environment, teaching tools and learning tool for teachers and students.
Students can learn how data is visualized
For example, students are watching a cricket match on TV. They can see a vegan wheel of batsmen in which he/she scored 145 runs in 112 balls and in which he/she scored 83 runs in offside and 62 runs onside. Now we can trend our students how to perform same calculation, how to visualize same charts, diagram, or vegan wheel in Microsoft Excel. Another example is a bar chart, in which runs scored in each over is highlighted. Big bars for more scored runs and small bars for low scoring overs. Now students can do that and they can practice on their Excel skills to visualize the data they are seeing.
I don’t know but I think software used to showcase and visualize cricket match data is not Excel might be something else. But the visualization basics are same. Most of the mathematical data or logical data visualization tools or applications are creating after following Microsoft Excel. Financial application on the internet is innovation and the inspiration is Microsoft Excel.
For me, I always try to teach Microsoft Excel Examples, lessons and features, functions in a way so they create a direct or indirect connection in students’ and career. I am very much satisfied with my practices. And students learn Microsoft Excel very well. I also include their studied subject they learned in the school or colleges. For example, students pursuing B.Com or M.Com know or learned in their studies, how to create demand and supply curve, they learned how to predict future based on data, how to calculate net profit. Then I teach same things practically in Microsoft Excel. And it’s great for them.
Microsoft Excel, Finance, and Economics are favorite subjects for me. I was not good at math in schools and I didn’t study that much. But today, I am realizing that such things are really important in our career and life. And it is especially important and when you’re running or doing any kind of online and offline business.
That’s why, I sometimes force students, to focus, analyze and calculate the cash transaction in visual formats in daily life. And the collect the data and information, after that analyze that visualizations (charts, diagrams, pivot tables etc.) and filter that data, so it will create some meaningful information or knowledge.
I think you got my point, sorry for any mistake or over wording.
At the end I will say, that above is nothing, but little basic things that are really important for students or everyone. Microsoft Excel is really a very very important application to teach, to include in classroom lecture and in the education systems and process.
It’s really important to convert facts into raw data. Then it’s important to filter or formulate that data and create meaningful information. After that, it’s really important to analyze and execute that information for knowledge. And knowledge purifies our mind, habits, culture, society, and country.
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Vijay Kumar is Entrepreneur, IT Career/Leadership Skills Trainer and likes to help students, freelancers, and job seekers with his personal and professional experiences and ideas. The goal of writing is to help students to grow IT related Career and Leadership Skills.
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