With the first day of September now upon us, the start of the new academic year is just around the corner. It's an exciting time for all concerned, with the curriculum and course materials all planned out, but some teachers may still be searching for that extra special something to help bring the subject matter to life and engage the students more deeply in the learning process.
Office Mix is a free extension to PowerPoint that makes it easy to turn your PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons and share them with your students and colleagues in OneNote, on the web, or in your learning management system.
Here's an example from a teacher in the USA who created an Office Mix on Photosynthesis that his students could work through before the main lesson:
We've recently been sharing some of the content from the website Office Mix For Teachers, which provides examples and tutorials of how educators can get the most out of this powerful PowerPoint add-on both in the classroom, and when helping with students working remotely.
If you're considering using Mix as part of your teaching plans, then take a look at Seven Steps for Creating Mixes that Students Will Love from the Office Mix For Teachers site. With tips for content as well as a style/format, these pointers should hopefully give you a boost as you first get to grips with using Mix this year.
PowerPoint is free with Office 365, which is also available to students and teachers at no cost through their academic institution’s existing Microsoft Education Subscription. You can check your eligibility at Office.com/GetOffice365.