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USING EXCEL FOR KEEPING STUDENT RECORDS

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WHAT THIS PRESENTATION COVERS What Excel looks like Cells, rows and columns Renaming sheets Minimising the ribbon Copying and pasting content Sorting content Keeping records Formulas for adding, % and grades Other types of cell content

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WHAT EXCEL LOOKS LIKE

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ROWS – DENOTED BY A NUMBER This is Row 7

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COLUMNS - DENOTED BY A LETTER This is Column D

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INDIVIDUAL CELLS - DENOTED BY LETTER AND NUMBER, EG, J8 Eg, this cell is called J8. Both the row and the column are highlighted at the sides Cell Name

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SHEETS A new file will have three pages, called Sheet1, Sheet2, Sheet 3. You can rename them, move them add them and delete them.

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CHANGE THE NAME OF A SHEET Right-click on the sheet name and select Rename. Type in a new name.

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MINIMISE THE RIBBON If the “ribbon” with all the tools takes up too much space, right– click anywhere on it, then click on “Minimise the Ribbon” in the box that appears The Ribbon

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INSERT A NEW ROW...then click Insert Select the row directly beneath where you want to insert a new row...

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A NEW ROW WILL APPEAR ABOVE THE ONE YOU SELECTED

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INSERT A NEW COLUMN Select the column directly to the right of where you want to insert a new column......then click Insert

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A NEW COLUMN APPEARS TO THE LEFT

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ENTER CONTENT INTO A CELL You can click on a cell and type content straight into it......or you can click on a cell then type (or edit) its content up here

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COPY CONTENTS OF A CELL First, click on the cell you want to copy, or drag-select multiple cells to copy them......Secondly, click the little double page symbol here on the Home tab Or Control + C Or Right-click and choose copy The cells to be copied will become surrounded by a dotted line.

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PASTE CONTENT INTO NEW CELLS First, click on the cell you want to paste into, or drag-select multiple cells to paste multiple times into them......Secondly, click the clipboard symbol here on the Home tab Or Control + V Or Right-click and choose Paste

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AUTO-COMPLETE Type the first few letters and Excel will sometimes attempt to auto-complete the word, based on words you have already entered. To reject the suggestion, press Backspace.

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SORTING DATA Drag-select the content you want to re-order, eg by House. Only the data you actively select will be moved.

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...then Click “ Sort” Click on the “Data” tab...

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IMPORTANT! If your columns have headings, (called headers ) tick this box first... Secondly, drop this list down and select the header you want to sort by, eg, House......lastly click OK

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Note that the names are now in House order

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We could have sorted them into year-level order within the House as well. Let’s go back...

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Control + Z to undo a move. List reversed to alphabetical order... Click “Sort”

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Add an extra level of sorting here As well as House as the first level, select Class as the second level You can add as many levels of sorting as you wish.

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Note the students are now sorted into House and then Class. Q: What would we see if we had sorted by Class then by House?

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ANSWER Now the year 10s appear first in House order, then the Year 11s in House order

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PEDAGOGICAL ALERT!! The following examples of record keeping are very simplistic! They are intended for the purposes of demonstrating Excel only They do not constitute Best Practice in assessment techniques and may not be VELS compliant! These techniques should be adapted to your individual classroom situation

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KEEPING SIMPLE RECORDS Enter a name for the task

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SPACE SAVING WITH VERTICAL TEXT On the Alignment tab under Home, choose the angled “ab” for orientation. Select “Rotate Text Up”

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CHANGING COLUMN WIDTH You can drag the column narrower or use Format

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ENTER STUDENT RESULTS You could also sort students by their results

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TOTALLING NUMERICAL RESULTS Numerical results for some sample criteria for an essay have been entered for each student First student’s total will go here

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SELECT ALL CELLS INCLUDING TOTAL... secondly, click the E-like symbol (Greek Sigma, standing for Sum) on the Editing section of the Home tab. The Total will appear in the free cell. First drag-select all cells including the empty TOTAL cell...

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=SUM(G2:I2) is the formula that Excel creates for the total in J2. This means you have added the contents of cells G2, H2 and I2. Note: The EQUALS sign at the start The brackets The colon

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COPY THE FORMULA DOWN THE COLUMN First, drag down....... Secondly, drop down the arrow box and choose Down

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THE TOTALS FILL DOWN THE COLUMN

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COMBINING RESULTS Here are results for three projects: an Essay, an Oral Report and a Model. The darker columns are the individual totals. We want an overall total. Overall total will go here

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Add these totals to get the overall total =SUM(J2,N2,R2) is the formula for the sum total of cells J2, N2 and R2 OVER ALL TOTAL

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FILL DOWN THE COLUMN AS BEFORE

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The Overall Totals have filled down the column

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TURNING SCORES INTO % For a percentage, the formula in this example is =S2* 100/40. This means cell S2 times 100 divided by the total possible, which was 40 marks

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FILL DOWN AS BEFORE

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GRADES FORMULA MARKING SCHEME Greater than 35 A From 31 to 35 B From 26 to 30 C From 21 to 25 D Less than 21 E

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GRADES FORMULA IS COMPLEX! =IF(S2>35,"A",IF(S2>30,"B", IF(S2>25,"C",IF(S2>20,"D","E")))) MEANING IF(S2>20,"D", “E“) This means if the score in cell S2 is greater than 20, the grade is D, otherwise it’s an E However... IF(S2>25, "C"...if the score is also greater than 25, the grade goes up to a C However... IF(S2>30, "B"...if the score is also greater than 30, the grade goes up to a B However... IF(S2>35, "A"...if the score is also greater than 35, the grade goes up to an A

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ONCE YOU WORK IT OUT, FILL DOWN

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OTHER TYPES OF CONTENT

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NOW YOU CAN EXCEL AT EXCEL!

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