Category Archives: Spreadsheet tools

Tools used to create spreadsheets

04 – Google Docs/Drive


Create and share docs, spreadsheets and presentations – individually or collaboratively. Build online forms for data collection

Cost: Free.
Available: Hosted
Categories: documentationpdfpresentations, spreadsheetsforms/polls/surveyscodesignfilesharing

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 4  2014: 2  2013: 2  2012: 3  2011: 3  2010: 3  2009: 5  2008: 17  2007: 24

Comments from those who selected Google Drive/Docs as one of their Top  Tools 

“For everyday collaboration and transparent cooperation, these have become my go-to tools. There is a lot of room for improvement, but their wide acceptance makes them very useful.” Ben Carmel, 2015

“This is where students and teachers create docs and designs at school and then finish them at home if necessary” Theresa Corpus, 2015

“This tool enable signals me to collaborate with others on documents. Moreover, I can access important resources on every device I use. I use Google Forms to identify opinions of participants in workshops” Wilfred Rubens, 2015

“Google Forms –  I am making all my quizzes this year in Forms and grading with Flubaroo. Google Google Slides – I use this in lecture and students use to create” 2015

56 – Excel


Excel is used for a variety of reasons – from a gradebook to a training management system. It is available as part of the Microsoft Office suite to download or online as part of Office365.

Cost: Commercial. Free trial
Available:Download and online at Office365
Categories: spreadsheets

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 56  2014: 43  2013: 54  2012: 81  2011: 81  2010: –  2009: –  2008: 50=  2007: 27

Comments from some of those who selected Excel as one of their Top Tools 

“like better than any spreadsheet program I have found – probably because I am used to it. This is my go to for many documents. My yearbook program requires it for merging information. I use it for personal and professional spreadsheet, whether it be accounting, lists, etc. I LOVE IT!!!!!” Virginia Goen, 2015

“used to create charts, plans and tracking for e-Learning programs and projects” Robert Craigo, 2015

“we program it with macros to track training”  Jeff Nelson 2013



OpenOffice is a free office suite of tools to install on your desktop to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. It is compatible with MS Office.

Cost: Free. Open Source
Available: Download
Categories: documentationpdfpresentations, spreadsheets

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 101-200  2014: 82  2013: 98  2012: 87  2011: 61  2010: 61  2009: 71=  2008: 41=  2007: 31=

Comments from some of those who selected OpenOffice as one of their Top Tools 

“Free, easy to customise, styles are a great way to create coherent looking documents” Chris Kirkland, 2014