Teaching Basic Excel to Adults
October 10, 2005 7:33 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for advice on teaching basic Excel skills to adults in a classroom setting.
This week I'm starting to teach an Adult Ed class called Beginning Excel. It's for adults who probably have very little computer experience generally [but are supposed to know how to use a mouse, click, etc]. The class is two hours, twice a week, for two weeks. I have around 6-8 students. I figure we'll learn vocabulary, learn to create/save/open/close a spreadsheet, do basic formatting and printing, maybe make a graph and learn some basic functions. The class is in a classroom where I have a white board and an LCD projector if I want it. Each student can have their own computer. The computers are newish PCs running XP and cannot be customized by me. Students can't save documents to the hard drives across sessions but they'll all have their own disks for their work.
I'm smart with computers generally, Word and Internet stuff, but only decently competent with Excel. I know how to use it, but I've never taught other people to use it. I teach novice computer users to use computers all the time, just not this piece of software. What are Excel-specific things that would be good to prepare for, in this sort of setting? Is it better to demonstrate more on the overhead, or have students work right along with me from the get-go? What do people who are new to spreadsheet concepts have trouble grasping? Are there websites that would be good for me to read before I head into this, or exercises that you've used that get points across well? Any advice for this setting would be appreciated.