Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Office Mix: A Rising Star!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Power point before Office Mix
For years power point has been my go to source for making presentations; however, there are so many different options that power point seems old school.  By adding some great new tools, power point has vastly improved and has actually become relevant again.

In this post, I want to share the benefits of using power point's new add-in and how it can benefit you when creating presentations. 

 

Overview of Office Mix 

Here is a short overview of Office Mix and how it works.




Installing the Plug In

Go to the Office Mix site and download the add-in for free.





 Office Mix will appear on the power point tool bar. 


Once Office Mix is downloaded, you can view the introduction to see how it works. 


Here is a brief summary of how to download Office Mix and a short description of how it works.


How to Create a Lesson Using Office Mix

The Office Mix ribbon has several tools you can use to create lessons and presentations.  Below is an image of the ribbon and the different tools.  Some of these tools include: recording tab (this can be used to record a video of you narrating your presentation or lesson); interactive quizzes (to capture your audience knowledge); and screen capture (to capture images from your computer or the internet).


Creating a Presentation

Creating a presentation is simple. Office Mix provides a great overview of how to create your first presentation.  


Also, here is a short video if you need more hand holding (like me).



Adding a Quiz for Understanding

If you want to implement a quiz, Office Mix gives simple directions on how to add one to your presentation.


Here is another video tutorial...

How to Edit a Quiz in Office Mix

How to Make a Movie

Power point allows you to create a movie whether you are using Office Mix or just using power point alone. 



How to View Analytics

You can trace the number of visitors who viewed your presentation by slide, visitors, or exercises. 


 Another video explaining how Office Mix Analytics works.

  
Other Features of Office Mix 

Some other features you can use in Office Mix include animation, narration, free form inking, adding hyperlinks, working with a collaborator, and embedding videos and hyperlinks.



Some Benefits of Using Office Mix:

1.  Makes your presentations more interactive with your audience.
2.  Office Mix allows you to find out how many people actually view your presentation. 
3. It is easy to use and has a lot of cool tools.
4. Get ideas from Office Mix Gallery to create your own presentation. 

I hope you find this post helpful and that you will think about trying Office Mix yourself!