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How I #WorkWonders With Office Mix and PowerPoint

The #WorkWonders contest is in high gear. As a result, people are sharing how they #WorkWonders using Microsoft Office by posting pictures on Twitter and Instagram. (This morning's post gives contest info.)

Since I'm asking you to share how you #WorkWonders, I'm going to share one way I #WorkWonders using Microsoft PowerPoint and the new (free) Office Mix Plug-in.

To do this, all you need to do is have PowerPoint 2013 and download the Office Mix Plug In from their website.

How I #WorkWonders With Office Mix: The Best Screencasting Tool Ever

This year I've used screencasts to create lessons as my students learn how to use Microsoft Office in sophia. They learn online and I travel the room and help them face to face. While it uses the flipped classroom techniques,this isn't flipping because students are using the screencasts in class. Think of it like team teaching with myself – an online me and a face to face me.

My Surface Pro and Office Mix Setup

To #workwonders with Office Mix, I used my Surface Pro (v1) with keyboard, a Wacomm Bamboo stylus , a Microsoft Wedge touch mouse and my Blue Snowball USB mic to get good sound. No cat required to do this.

Because it is so easy, Office Mix is changing everything about how I screencast. Just click the Office Mix Plug in inside PowerPoint and record the video slide by slide. It lets you do screencasting, embed videos, write on the screen and will record webcam. To see how Office Mix works, watch  the book trailer I made with it.

PowerPoint is natural fit for me this week when I needed to create my booktrailer for my recently launched Reinventing Writing Book. I used my PowerPoint slides I already had with Office Mix plug-in on my Surface Tablet to #WorkWonders. ( Although I have a fancy mic in my setup in the picture, the mic inside the Surface Pro would be just fine.) Because the app is so great, I would be sharing about Office Mix whether I ran this contest or not. Office Mix is that good.

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How Do You #WorkWonders? Enter and win a Surface 2.

How do you #WorkWonders with Microsoft Office? Quickly grab your phone or take a screenshot of something you've created in Microsoft Office and send it to me via Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #WorkWonders #contest . See yesterday's post for more about the contest and judging.

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When the contest is over next Monday, the winner gets their own Surface 2. (As can be seen in my video, if you don't have a touch screen to use with Office Mix, you'll want one.) Do something awesome with Office – no matter how big or small, #WorkWonders and share it now.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Glenda Cloutier June 4, 2014 - 1:17 pm

This info is SO helpful! I bet having the cat really helps too! :)

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