WPS Office

Common Sense Media says

Flexible app brings Office's desktop tools to mobile.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The major features for formatting and editing documents on a desktop computer all are available on this app, making it especially easy to use. It's also a breeze to import and export documents from other apps and formats.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Consumerism

Although the app itself is free, it does assume that you own Microsoft Office's suite of products. 

Privacy & safety

WPS Office's website provides a clear privacy policy, but be aware that one of its main purposes is to share documents with others. 

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • writing
  • writing clearly

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Communication

  • presenting

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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. 

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others
  • writing
  • writing clearly

Skills

Creativity

  • producing new content

Communication

  • presenting

Kids can learn organizational skills as they work on school assignments, personal writing, and more, as well as some digital literacy as they figure out how to share their documents and use the cloud as a storage space. With WPS Office, kids can create or import Microsoft Office files, edit them, and send them to a variety of other apps, giving them the opportunity to work on things when they're away from a computer. WPS Office is a useful, no-frills tool for using these common desktop apps on a mobile device.

This Learning Rating review was written by Patricia Montic...

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:February 12, 2014
Category:Productivity
Size:115.00 MB
Publisher:Kingsoft Office Software Inc.
Version:4.0.0
Minimum software requirements:Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Requires Android 2.1 and up.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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