Design Considerations in Excelets: Interactive excel spreadsheets
Monday, November 14 3:25-3:45 PM Location: Banneker
Abstract: Computers and mobile devices provide learners with dynamic and affordable interactive tools to explore, experiment, and manipulate variables to create active knowledge in constructivist environments. One recent interactive tool is the interactive Excel spreadsheet or excelets (Sinex & Halpern, 2010). Excelets are interactive spreadsheets with a simple instructional interface that allow learners to view and interact with multiple variables in order understand their relationships and underlying phenomena replicated in the model. Learners can enter data, select parameters, turn features on and off, or increase and decrease values in order to view changes in dynamic graphical representations and tables associated with underlying mathematical models. Excelets run on any device equipped with Microsoft Excel™ and are thus inexpensive or free for most instructional environments.