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Create and collaborate on Excel spreadsheets using this online tool. You have choices to create and edit using the actual Excel program (with macros enabled) or edit in your browser--a...more
Create and collaborate on Excel spreadsheets using this online tool. You have choices to create and edit using the actual Excel program (with macros enabled) or edit in your browser--a more secure option for those concerned about macros. A user can create or upload an excel sheet and share it with others as a read only OR editable sheet. No more need to email versions around and have multiple users adding and changing versions that become impossible to "merge." The free membership seems just fine for schools. See a sample by logging in as "firstname.lastname@example.org" with password "test." You can even add to the TF sheet to play with the tools. Or click the "demo" log in to experiment with sheets created by other curious users like you.
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In the ClassroomCreate and save sheets using the browser edit mode (or Excel--see security note above). "Invite" others to work on the same sheet. Remember to SAVE. Some pros and cons: Our editors using the browser-based editor could not find out WHO made changes and no apparent way to "revert" the file if someone messes it up. The site home page says it is possible to revert to a previous version, but this may only be when using the full Excel program. You CAN also make copies (versions) manually.
How to use it? Your students can maintain a single set of lab data for analysis of an experiment repeated by several students. They can also maintain a simple flat-file database of information, such as flora and fauna observed in a plot of land at your school or facts about inventors or authors. Anything you can do in Excel, you can do in Xcellery. You can also email an invitation to "real" people to join in.
Some safety suggestions: unless your school uses student email addresses, do not allow students to set up individual accounts. Make a few "class" accounts that students can use, but make YOUR account the controlling one for all the sheets. That will allow you to change access at any time to "read only," such as when the deadline for work has passed. Be sure to demo how to use the site on a whiteboard or projector the first time for uniformity of use. Secondary students working on group projects, club fundraisers, etc. can also benefit from this tool as long as they stay within school acceptable use policies in using it.