Numbers

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Lots of features for beautiful, customized spreadsheets.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn data-analysis and presentation skills by creating impressive spreadsheet documents with customizable tables, charts, formulas, graphs, and text. Kids also learn mobile publishing and Cloud-based file-management skills that easily transfer to other types of productivity apps. Numbers uses a free-form "canvas" approach that treats numbers and formulas as one of many data types found on a worksheet. Other data, such as text and pictures, are treated equally when presented as charts, graphics, and an overall collection of data. Apple-designed templates are visually appealing and interact easily with other iOS productivity apps. Numbers is a powerful, highly interactive tool that helps kids learn how to work with spreadsheets and display data.

Ease of Play

The touchscreen features are easy to use, and comprehensive coaching tips guide users through steps for creating and modifying spreadsheets. 

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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?

App details

  • 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
  • Price: $9.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: April 22, 2014
  • Category: Productivity
  • Size: 239.00 MB
  • Publisher: Apple
  • Version: 2.2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later

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