You find lots of sophisticated and powerful apps in Apple’s App Store. Some of them are shining examples for simplicity and plain design and follow the KISS principle (Keep it simple, stupid).
One of them is
Discount Spreadsheet by Luminant Software, Inc.
It got an updated UI
and a long awaited new keyboard in July 2018.
The app is simple to use, restricted to the basic needs of a spreadsheet application and lets users focus on relevant tasks. No bells and whistles.
These kind of apps can be effectively used to teach and discuss simple things with young people. It’s a first step to improve knowledge and knowledge is the basis of creativity. Transferring knowledge and initiate further discrete thinking seems to be easier than ever because mobile devices initiated a shift in paradigm of teaching and learning. It’s because a touchscreen is much nearer to human activities than any other device or textbook could ever be. What we do is mostly what we do with our hands. It’s our first approach to new things.
Lots of developers implement more and more features into their apps but only apps like Discount Spreadsheet are perfect for explaining and learning the basics of creating spreadsheets.
Learning targets could be …
• learn the common actions cut, copy, paste, undo and redo which are provided by all operating systems
• build a sum with cells in a column or row
• enter a simple expression where the arguments are cells
• insert or delete rows/columns and see that a spreadsheet app automatically adjusts the cell coordinates in a formula to new appropriate rows/columns
• create a graph
• access the iOS app specific folder via a browser by using a http address
Try it out and you’ll think twice before you use the turbocharged apps Apple Numbers or Microsoft Excel.
Thanks for reading.