I have recently convinced the folks in out IT department to add this free add-on to PowerPoint not only for teachers – which is where you would expect to see it, but for students as well. Why for students? Well a little background first:
Office Mix allows a PowerPoint to be designed much more like a teaching tool – and is perfect for flipping lessons. It lets you add questions, polls, open responses, discussions, video and audio of yourself, screenshots and screencasts. With these tools you can take any teacher-centered presentation and make it much more interactive and interesting. In addition you can design it to be mobile-device friendly.
So why for students? Why not! We are using it in class to have students present their findings on a particular topic, but rather than standing at the front of the class and work through a presentation they are teaching the class about their topic and checking for understanding at the same time. And as all educators know, you lean way more by teaching than you do by sittin’-‘n-gettin’.
To learn more visit the Office Mix site and explore the possibilities.
Make it a good one!