Despite such a multitude of apps now available for all tablet platforms, the main use for school is in the production and presentation of children’s work – with office applications still likely to be very relevant in the work place for years to come. Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation apps are plentiful in the markets, so which are the best for an educational point of view? We’ve taken a look at some of the most popular suites of office apps, exploring the pros and cons for each…
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel & PowerPoint)
Still one of the most popular and familiar set of Office Suites, Microsoft’s Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications are still widely used and the staple of many computers at home and work environments. This familiarity ensures that teachers and students will be accustomed to the features of the app, but for schools, the main drawback may be the subscription required to fully release all controls. Saving to Office 365 online is mainly easy, but the apps need to be online to save work to the cloud.
In our opinion: Microsoft have not got this quite right for educational purposes yet, mainly to do with the costing and offline functions, but possibly useful for teachers for planning or recording data.
Pros – Many students and teachers will be familiar to the functions and features within the different apps. Ability to save documents and export as PDF.
Cons – Not available for Android devices; pricing structures; relies on network.
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