Thursday, 5 January 2017

Effective use of Office Mix


Many teachers already use Microsoft PowerPoint to deliver lesson content. Step forward, Office Mix!

Mix is a great add-in to PowerPoint that adds interactivity to your slides - it lets you record your slides whilst teaching so you can add annotations, voice overs and even film yourself/your class whilst doing so. It's great for recording yourself explaining concepts whilst drawing/annotating on slides, or recording student opinions or justifications, orr simply recording annotations with no voice-over.

Even better, is that once you have finished recording, you can save what you have annotated/recorded as a normal Powerpoint, or export the whole thing as a video file. Once it is a video file, you can add it to DRET.tv, share the video via Google Drive, One Note, Email, Show My Homework, Google Classroom etc etc - or whatever you use so that your students can access lesson content away from the lesson.




In this example, A Level History students were asked to interpret a series of sources from a historical event. A great activity for inference and deduction. After paired discussion, students came to the front and annotated the comic-style sources on the PowerPoint slide on the big screen using Office Mix, whilst talking and justifying their thoughts. Their voices and annotations were recorded.
At the end of the session, the teacher could export the video, and have a great resource to share with the group: The video included the original sources, the annotations over the top of the pictures, and the student's thoughts on the sources - in their own words. The teacher then planned on sharing the video to students as a revision tool, and to revisit in the next lessons.

Simple, quick, effective.

(Credit: L Cooper, Malcolm Arnold Academy)

Use Powerpoint but don't have Office Mix? Install it here
Want to know more about how to use Office Mix? See our training video here (DRET log-in required)

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