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Hello educators and welcome to Teacher Tips. I'm Aaron Quigley and excited to be bringing you some new great tools that can help you save time, organize your teaching and even inspire some classroom creativity. This week, we're going to be looking at a new Microsoft PowerPoint plug-in called, Office Mix. If you're a PC user of Microsoft PowerPoint then by simply installing this free plug-in, you'll be able to create interactive videos from your PowerPoint slides. This includes embedding quizzes, and even quickly publishing them to the web, all from inside of PowerPoint.
In this video, we're going to explore where to find and download the plug-in. And then, in the next video we will explore creating and recording using a pre-created PowerPoint presentation. Let's go ahead and get started. Here in my web browser, I've navigated to mix.office.com. You'll notice that I'm working on a PC running Microsoft Windows. This is because the Mix plug-in is for Windows only and is not currently supported by the Mac. Once you navigate to mix.office.com, Microsoft's going to prompt you to sign in. I have an Office 365 subscription, so I went ahead and signed in using those credentials.
If you don't have a Microsoft account or if you have another account that's not a 365 subscription, that's okay, you can still use Mix and you can sign in with that account. You also have the opportunity to create a Microsoft account at this time. Here, signed into Microsoft Mix, there's a couple things I'd like to point out. The first one is the Gallery tab in the main navigation. Under the Gallery tab, you can find pre-created mixes. The first set, are a variety of mixes made by Microsoft Office with how to videos. These are going to give you some great starting points, such as, how to insert a quiz. The next tab down on the left-hand side are the Featured mixes.
These are mixes created by other educators around the world. You can actually search and access, view, and even download these mixes so that you can use them with your own classroom. The next section I'd like to point out is the Manage tab. Under the Manage tab, as you start creating your own mixes, they will appear here. All you have to do is come back to mix.office.com, log in with your Microsoft Office credentials and you can manage your mixes. One thing you can do from here is also change the permissions on your mixes. For example, if you have a video you only want students to see, that's okay. You can set permissions that will only grant certain people access to that particular mix.
However, if you want the world to see your mix, you can also set those permissions here as well. In order to get started with Mix though, we need to go ahead and download and install the plug-in. I'm going to do that by navigating back to the office mix icon in the upper left-hand corner and clicking. Here from the Office Mix homepage, it's going to automatically take you to the fifth section of this particular slider, which has a link on it to download the add-in. Clicking on the icon to the right-hand side is going to automatically download this add-in for you. Once your download finishes, you can go ahead and click run and it will automatically install the add-in into PowerPoint for you. I've already installed this plug-in, so let's go ahead and head over to PowerPoint to see what it looks like.
Now, please keep in mind after you install the plug-in you may need to restart PowerPoint or even restart your computer for it to take effect. Here in PowerPoint, I now have a new tab at the top ribbon and it's called Mix. Clicking on Mix, you can see that there's a variety of options now available to me. In the next video, we'll go ahead and use this new tab in the ribbon called Mix to create our first video.
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