What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that WPS (short for Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheets) Office is an intuitive, well-designed app that lets you create and edit Microsoft Office documents on a tablet or smartphone. It's easy to import documents for editing and export them for storage, presentation, or other uses. Older teens may find this app handy for working on school assignments on the go; since this is probably going to be the main way they use it, privacy and sharing issues are probably not going to be a major challenge (although it is possible to share documents on other apps or in the cloud).
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- writing clearly
- producing new content
Engagement, Approach, Support
Built with the familiar Microsoft Office suite in mind, WPS Office has all the features that users would expect on a desktop computer, making this app immediately easy to use.
It's easy to import and export files to and from a variety of apps and media; kids can learn time management as well as organizational skills as they use WPS Office. However, it might get unwieldy to keep track of a large number of documents, making this app better for creating and presenting information rather than storing it.
There's a wealth of how-to information built into the app, and its developer's social media presence is thoughtfully, consistently updated. Unfortunately, the English translation isn't always great.
What's it about?
WPS OFFICE is a third-party app that offers extensive access to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents from a mobile device. It's a helpful way to import, edit, present, and share these documents from a single app. Although other mobile apps like this seem like slimmed-down versions of their desktop counterparts, this app seems to include almost all the tools for modifying Microsoft files that users will recognize from their desktop computers.
Is it any good?
This is a helpful one-stop tool for editing, sharing, and presenting Microsoft Office from the mobile device. It's also visually attractive and easy to navigate. Unfortunately, storage and organization can get a little unwieldy, so this app might be best for editing and presenting on the fly, not for storing files in the long term. Additionally, help text and FAQ text often are in stilted English and offer only limited assistance when users need guidance.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the balance between school and fun. Just because it's possible to actively work on school documents at any time using a mobile device, should you?
Kids and parents also can experiment with the app's AirPlay features for sharing PowerPoint presentations to a projector or to other devices' screens.