Office Software

Office Software

Personal office software is as old as the personal computer itself. The value of word processing, spreadsheets and presentations has not decreased. These programs—plus database and desktop publishing programs—are commonly found in schools. Of them, Microsoft Office is the industry standard, though other alternatives are starting to become popular in some quarters.

There are entire courses over each of the Office programs, but here are a few tips to consider in a school environment.

  • If you give students assignments that require the use of this software, what can they do if it becomes homework? If students have a computer at home, but don’t own Microsoft Office, or another program used in your school, give students a free alternative.

If students search for Open Office they can download a free version of office software for their Macintosh or Windows PC that is compatible with Microsoft’s offerings. Additionally, Google Docs is a free alternative.

  • Get creative about how you integrate the use of these programs in your class. They are more powerful than just word processors, and students should be using them in most of their classes.

Integrate spreadsheets into math and science classes. Use PowerPoint in social studies, science and English. Career and technical education classes should incorporate all three programs.

Last modified: Monday, 9 July 2012, 04:36 PM