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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Numbers is a dynamic spreadsheet tool with a touchscreen interface and more than 30 easy-to-use templates. The app has more than 250 functions, and kids can tap, touch, and drag items on the free-form canvas to create customized spreadsheets that include images, charts, tables, text, and even animated data. iCloud is built into the app, so kids can easily share and update their work.
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What’s It About?
Kids start by choosing a template from one of the following categories: basic, personal finance, personal, business, or education. A blank spreadsheet allows kids to essentially start from scratch, while the other templates give kids a starting point. For example, if kids choose the Probability Lab template in the education category, a data table, pie chart, and bar graph already are entered in the spreadsheet. Kids can use tools to edit the data and change the formatting. By touching and dragging, kids can reorder columns and rows and resize tables. Once the spreadsheets are finished, they can be saved and shared using iCloud, AirDrop, iMessage, email, or WebDAV.
Is It Any Good?
NUMBERS is an innovative tool that teaches kids how to organize and present data in a meaningful way. The numerous editing features can be a little overwhelming at first, but, once kids have some time to explore them, the touchscreen makes it easy to customize and edit spreadsheets. Understanding how to display data in an effective way is an important concept, especially for older kids. This app certainly gives kids an excellent opportunity to interactively explore data display while sharpening their technology skills as well.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about ways that data analysis and presentation are important in the real world.
Talk about different forms of data display and which are most effective. For example, when might pie charts be a better way to display data than bar graphs?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, Math: addition, algebra, arithmetic, counting, division, equations, fractions, functions, graphing, multiplication, numbers, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, collecting data, logic, problem solving, thinking critically, Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, presenting, Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: April 22, 2014
- Category: Productivity
- Publisher: Apple
- Version: 2.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: August 16, 2016
Our Editors Recommend
Creative tool lets kids jazz up notes with audio, photos.
Organization tool helps kids manage their digital lives.
Handy document-sharing tool makes digital life easier.
For kids who love using apps to build skills
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