- Spreadsheets are equity platforms available to all students at no cost. They can give every student a fresh start in math.
- Spreadsheets from Microsoft, Google, and Apple are ubiquitous, easy to use, powerful, and part of a suite with common, familiar, supported interfaces.
- Spreadsheets are the tools students will use in their workplace as well as school for relevant real learning.
- Spreadsheets are not just computational tools, they are visualization and data science tools.
- Spreadsheets are function machines using functions and functional thinking to build and work with models essential to all STEM projects.
- Spreadsheets are the financial and business communities goto program, central to modern financial literacy.
- Spreadsheets are coding platforms easy to use for beginners and powerful enough for serious programming.
- Spreadsheets are sharing applications enabling and encouraging students to collaborate and community for group problem solving online.
- Spreadsheets have a huge support network of videos, templates, and help available on the Web and the community.
We call our problem solving process, functional thinking. When we apply functional thinking to problem solving in the digital age, we find that a few fundamental models give us the tools to creatively solve quantitative problems. Think of functions as LEGOs, add columns using new rules, use outputs as new inputs, combine simple functions in new and creative ways.