EdTech Spotlight: Numbers for Mac and iOS

By Monica Burns 04.11.2016 blog

The iWork productivity suite from Apple includes Mac and iOS apps to help students and teachers keep track of information. While the productivity tool Numbers mirrors the spreadsheet organization and creation tool Excel from Microsoft, Numbers offers extras design options to make data pop.

A variety of templates allow users to include visuals like 2-D and 3-D pie charts, bar graphs and interactive charts. As with Excel, students can create multiple sheets in one file to keep track of different data sets all in one place. Users can organize data simply, or use one of the more than 250 complex functions. Numbers even anticipates which function you need as you begin a search. As a regular user of Numbers, I love how easy it is to format the cells.

Since Numbers works on Mac computers, iPads and iPhones, students can work in the iCloud environment and access files from multiple devices. It is easy to create with Numbers on a small screen, making it useful for students working on mobile devices and schools that use iTunes as a learning management system. Students can submit work they have created in Numbers through an iTunes U course or share it via email.

Numbers is a useful tool outside of the the math and science classroom. As a Social Studies teacher, you can have students use Numbers to represent data collected, such as a poll on a current events issue to see where their peers stand. Students could also pull public data like United States Census or statistics found on another government website. This is a great way to connect real world information to the content students are learning in the classroom.

Monica Burns is an EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Author and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.


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  1. Alexis

    I think we should because codes help u program stuff

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