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Excel With Interactive Crossword Puzzles
By Lorrie Jackson
WHY A TECHTORIAL?
What will I learn today?
You will learn how to create an interactive crossword puzzle using Microsoft Excel.
What hardware and/or software does the techtorial apply to?
Anyone with Microsoft Excel can benefit from this techtorial.
Which National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers does the techtorial address?
The techtorial will help teachers accomplish standard IIIc in particular.
Warning: This techtorial assumes a basic knowledge of Excel. If you are just learning Excel, go to
What's a Techtorial and scroll to find the techtorials on using Excel.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has developed a set of National Educational
Technology Standards for Teachers. Standards or Performance Indicators are included for each techtorial to
help teachers and administrators improve technology proficiency. For a complete description of the standards
indicated, go to NETS for Teachers, click Standards in the menu bar on the left, and then click the arrow to the
right of Standards and Performance Indicators for Teachers.
EXCEL WITH INTERACTIVE CROSSWORD PUZZLE
Crossword puzzles offer an engaging way for learners to review classroom concepts and
information. Several tools, both online and CD-based, are available that allow teachers to create
standard crossword puzzles that can be printed and completed or completed on the computer.
Click here to learn about some of those tools.
For teachers who want to take the next step or for advanced students looking for a programming
challenge, however, interactive crossword puzzles created with Microsoft Excel offer an exciting
With an interactive puzzle, a student's responses to a clue or instruction changes the way the
puzzle looks. Interactive puzzles let students know immediately whether they've interpreted a clue
correctly or incorrectly.
TYPING THE BASIC PUZZ