A short time ago, I indulged and allowed myself to facilitate a workshop for paraeducators. What a wonderful experience that was, doing something I hadn’t done in a long time–how to training on spreadsheets. I’ve often reflected at the simple fact that “how-to” training is often unnecessary these days. . .many of us just watch a YouTube video and learn that way. Of course, teachers and those in K-12 education still have a profound need to learn how to do technology related tasks in a face to face environment.
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Often, though, we assume that since folks do have access to an abundance of online tutorials–printed tutorials, videos–that anyone who begins to create how-to resources must surely ask himself, “Should I do this if there’s already tons of stuff online via YouTube and WikiHow?“
The answer should be, “Yes, of course.” I have arrived at that answer through the pleasant experience of re-discovering how much fun preparing for a workshop can be. It may be that we have all the answers, but no one is asking the questions. With the Web, though, it’s so easy to share and realize that some may find your contribution worthwhile.
Below is a sample “real life” problem I am able to solve with spreadsheets. I had not played with this myself, having left those tasks to others. I hope you’ll find these resources helpful. Of course, they feature one or two of my work colleagues.
You can find the original online in the “real problems” section at my Spreadsheet Magic site. I don’t want to suggest that any of this is brilliantly original work…only that it’s my attempt at working through a few items and I hope you find it useful.
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