(Washington, D.C.–August 2)–The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) has published the second edition of its bestselling book, “Spreadsheet Magic.” Dozens of new lessons and activities enrich the second edition of Pamela Lewis’ popular book, demonstrating the flexibility and effectiveness of the spreadsheet as a teaching tool.

Spreadsheets are widely used in higher education and the professional world, but they’re also a great way for younger kids to learn basic math, science, and language arts concepts. This updated bestseller includes everything teachers need to incorporate spreadsheets into K-6 classrooms, including an introduction to the software’s basic functions and capabilities, step-by-step activity descriptions keyed to the NETS*S and content area standards, teaching tips and ideas for enhancing thinking skills, and a CD-ROM with a complete set of modifiable lesson templates and samples.

“Spreadsheet Magic” offers the following features:

  • Comprehensive introduction to using spreadsheets in the classroom

  • Forty ready-to-use lesson plans for grades K-6

  • Tips for lesson preparation, assessment and instructional support.

    “Spreadsheet Magic” is intended for grade K-12 teachers, computer lab instructors, technology and curriculum coordinators and preservice teachers.

    Lessons in “Spreadsheet Magic” provide detailed instruction for using Excel spreadsheets in the classroom, but all activities can be accomplished using any spreadsheet program. The book’s accompanying CD-ROM contains a complete set of lesson templates and samples in Excel.

    “Spreadsheet Magic” may be purchased online for $35.95 for ISTE members and $39.95 for nonmembers. More information, including chapter excerpts and ordering information, can be found at http://www.iste.org/bookstore/.

    About ISTE
    The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. A nonprofit membership organization, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET), and the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), ISTE represents more than 85,000 professionals worldwide. We support our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of transforming education.

    Visit www.iste.org or call (800) 336-5191 to learn more about ISTE and its new initiatives–including the next generation of NETS for Students, Teachers, and Administrators.

    ISTE® is the registered trademark of International Society for Technology in Education.

    About the Author
    Pamela Lewis began her career in education teaching French, English, history and mathematics in her native country of South Africa. She also served on the French subject committee in the country’s province of Transvaal, for which she designed curriculum and developed study guides for teachers.

    After immigrating to the U.S., Lewis worked as a French teacher while earning a master’s degree in computer education from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wis. She is currently a computer teacher and coordinator at a parochial school in southeastern Wisconsin, where she teaches computer classes to K-8 students and works with teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum. Lewis also works as a technology consultant for various school districts.

    Lewis has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Africa in Pretoria.

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