As we know that MS excel plays an important part in the life of programmers, managers, scientists, engineers, statisticians, etc. Shall we add a comprehensive course in excel for our high school students in CS? It will definitely help them in a long run. Here are some of the sites which show the use of MS excel. There are a lot more uses.


some statistics with Excel



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    $\begingroup$ Designing "data" use-cases should be primary problem here. It is easy to justify and explain Excel (or Google Docs) if student was confronted with data analyzing issues before. Best if data issues stemmed from personal (or course) projects. When I was in highschool we had Excel lessons, but they were totally uninteresting, so I had to rediscover it much later. $\endgroup$
    – danbst
    Jun 19, 2021 at 19:55
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    $\begingroup$ In the UK, learning spread sheets is considered Digital Literacy not Computer Science. I would expect it to be tought in other subjects: e.g. science (collection of experimental data, analysis, and plotting), maths (exploring of mathematical functions, charts, statistics, etc). $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2021 at 8:12
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    $\begingroup$ Teaching a product "Excel" is marketing, teaching a tool "Spread-sheets" is Training. $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2021 at 8:14

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In my experience, engineers, statisticians and programmers will not use spreadsheets, they will use programming in languages such as R, python or matlab instead. To me it makes sense to spend a few hours teaching the basics of a spreadsheet app in high school so that students will know that it exists and will feel confident to learn more advanced usage if they need to. But the emphasis should be on teaching programming, which is much more powerful and less likely to be self-taught.


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