Sorry, when I originally posted this blog post, it had the wrong URL for the downloads. I've now corrected the original, and here it is again, with the correct URLs. This happened because I was on holiday during the release, so had to pre-write the blog post, and then the download URL changed before it was released. And it's the first day back for me, so the first chance to correct it. Sorry all!
The education products team in Seattle have been busy writing add-ins for Office 2007 and Office 2010. They’ve just released 2 free education add-ins, 20 new education templates, and how-to materials designed to help teachers both inside and outside the classroom. The new Interactive Classroom Add-in, Mathematics Add-in, and Learning Essential Templates could save your teachers time as well as help creating more engagement with students.
Interactive Classroom Add-in
The Interactive Classroom Add-in for PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 and OneNote 2007 and 2010 provides real-time polling and interactive note-taking to foster interaction and collaboration between educators and students.
I like it, but perhaps a better recommendation would be somebody within education. Professor Beth Simon of the University of California in San Diego has had a chance to use the beta version of the Interactive Classroom Add-in, and said:
|It’s very easy to insert polls automatically as I’m designing a lecture. When I’m lecturing, it’s so easy to recognise when a poll comes up and to start and stop the polling software. No longer do I have to try and interact with the clicker software, it’s all right there in PowerPoint.|
The Mathematics Add-in for Word 2007 and 2010 and OneNote 2010 uses dynamic 3D graphs and charts to help teachers illustrate complex math problems and concepts. From algebra and pre-calculus to physics and statistics, teachers and students can unravel equations and visualise formulas through 2-D and 3-D graphs. The add-in helps students plot functions, calculate numerical results, and dynamically solve for "x".
The Microsoft Office Education Add-ins are easy to install and use. Just follow the instructions on the Download site.
Office Templates for teachers
The Learning Essential templates are a set of Office templates created specifically for the education setting. From grading rubrics to tests and quizzes, these templates can help educators get more done faster. You can download the templates for free.
These are written for US teachers, so some may need a bit of tweaking.
How-to Materials for OneNote 2010 and Office Web Apps
The new teacher how-to materials help teachers learn to use OneNote 2010 and the Office Web Apps in the classroom to engage students more deeply. By using the teaching guide, videos, lesson plans, and easy step-by-step instructions, teachers can get up and running quickly so they can focus on what matters most.
These new tools provide the perfect complement to Office 2010 for teachers.