Join Oliver Schinkten for an in-depth discussion in this video Create flipped classes with Office Mix, part of Office 2016 for Educators.
- [Instructor] In this video, I want to introduce you to one of my favorite Microsoft tools, and that is Office Mix, an add-in for PowerPoint. This allows you to turn your presentations into dynamic and interactive videos. So let's take a look. First I'm going to navigate to mix.office.com, and this brings us to the Office Mix homepage. From here we need to get Office Mix. We need to download the add-in so that it can work with PowerPoint. Here I'll click Get Office Mix, and it first wants us to create an account.
Now, this is a good thing, because this is where all of your mixes will be stored, and this is where you'll be able to share them with students. I already have an account, as well as I've already downloaded Office Mix, so I'm going to navigate to a PowerPoint presentation that I have created. Now this is one on communication skills that I typically would use in my leadership class and I would stand in front of the class, show students the slides, and talk to them. However, here we can create a flipped class. And if you're not familiar with the flipped class concept, it allows you to create content, such as videos, that you can share with students so they can watch it outside of the classroom; therefore when we have them in class, we can engage them in higher-order thinking and have them apply the knowledge that they know.
Doing this is an unbelievable feeling when they come to class already familiar with the content, and you can start class discussions at a higher level, or engage them with some hands-on activities. Now I've talked to a lot of teachers over the past few years, and many of them agree with the flipped class concept; however they say "I don't even know how to create one." Well fear no more. Office Mix makes this really easy. So let's take a look at what we can do. Now in here, this is my presentation, and you'll notice that I have File, Home, Insert, Draw, the typical tabs up at the top, but on the far right, I have have another tab, which is titled Mix.
And when I click here, it gives us a bunch of different options. The first is Slide Recording, and if we wanted to use Office Mix at its simplest form, which is still powerful, we can just record the slides right now, the way it is. I'll click Slide Recording, and it brings us to the recording interface. So from here, I have the option to start recording. You'll notice that I can navigate to the next slide. I can also go back. If I have animations, I can activate them within here. I can preview it when I'm done, edit it by cutting parts out or removing the audio, use slide notes, and more.
On the right, you'll see that we can add in a picture if we wanted, or a video of us, so we could use a webcam. Also, my microphone, you'll notice that the volume meter is going up and down. That's a good thing. If it's not, Office Mix is not picking up your microphone, and you need to go in and set your default microphone to the one that you want it to pick up, and that is the default microphone for your computer. You also have the ability to write and draw on slides as you narrate it, which is also a really neat tool. So let's go ahead and click Record, and I'll start recording this.
Hello students, today we're going to be talking about communication skills. First I want to share a quote that I really like. This is one of my favorite quotes, and it says "The single biggest problem "in communication is the illusion "that it has taken place." Now this is something we're going to discuss tomorrow in class, so think about this quote. What do you think it means? Let's first take a look at the communication process, and that is the fact that we have a sender, who has message that needs to be delivered to the receiver. Okay, and I'm going to click Stop for right now, but what it did was it recorded audio for those three slides.
You'll notice up here that it has an Audio button. If I navigate back, there's an Audio button. If I navigate back, there's an Audio button here. Office Mix does a really neat thing that it records the narration per slide. In other words, when I was speaking on the Communication Skills slide, it was recording my audio from here. When I navigated to the next slide, it recorded a new audio file that is associated with this slide. Now this means a couple things. When you are going through your presentation, make sure you say what you want to say for that slide, stop, and then advance to the next slide.
This is a really nice feature because it allows you later to go in and edit the audio. Say you want to change the audio on only one slide, well you can easily do that by clicking that, deleting the audio from that particular slide, and then adding a new one. I'm going to exit out of this, and we'll take a look at how we would share this in a little while, but first I want to show you some of the powerful features that we have within Office Mix. The first is the Quizzes Videos Apps. This is the most powerful one, in my opinion, and we'll come back to that in a second.
I also have the ability to do a screen recording, or a screenshot, and then it will automatically add that to the slide that I have. Now I've done that here, for instance this was a screen capture that I included, and this was a video that I included of a screen capture. So in other words, I wanted to show students how to do something within Google Documents, so I'll push Play. Next, at the top, you'll see that we can insert video and insert audio, and I also did that here where I inserted a video that I had and I said that I wanted students to watch this, and although there's no sound, to think about what these people are talking about, and then we'll discuss it tomorrow.
This is to go over the importance of non-verbal cues and different things like that. So here I could, if I want to, I'll go up to Slideshow, Play From the Current Slide, and as you can see, students can watch this right inside of that slide once I share it with them. I'm going to exit. We can also add links. So in other words, here I have "Being Assertive. "Check out the articles and information "about Assertiveness on Changing Minds." So if I went and viewed the slide from here, you'll see that not only can students see this, but they can also interact with it.
When they click on Assertiveness, it will bring them to the Changing Mind websites, where it talks about assertiveness, so this is a really neat feature as well. I'm going to go back to the presentation. And let's take a look at the Office Mix tab, the Quizzes Videos Apps. When I click this, it gives me several different options of add-ins that we can include. So here, one of them is a Multiple Choice Quiz, and there's also Free Response, and True False. Now I did include one of these in here.
Let's go take a look. Right here I inserted a quiz. It allowed me to type the question, say that there's only one single right answer, I gave my options, and selected the correct one. So if I go to the slideshow and play from this current slide, this is what the students will see. They'll see this question. It says "What do you think? "Which of the following do we spend the most time doing?" And they can select one correct answer. Once they do that, say for instance, they thought it was speaking. They could submit it, and it tells them that it's incorrect, and now they could try again if they wanted to.
I'm going to exit out of this. Let's take a look at the Mix tab, and these apps again. Now there are some other options, and I just want to show you these quickly. One of them is a Web Viewer, and I really like this one because it allows you to embed a website right inside of the slide. Here I did that with a TED Talk. It's Talk Nerdy to Me, which is a excellent TED Talk. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it. And here I did this by simply pasting the URL here, and then if we go to Slideshow, From Current Slide, this is what the students will see.
They'll be able to play this TED Talk from right within the slide. So that is another very neat option. Now I'm going to exit out of this again, go to the Mix tab, bring up Quizzes, Videos, and Apps, so there's a lot you can do with this. Now another cool thing is that you also have the ability to add some of these different apps that include the Python Tutor, the PhET Simulations, which are phenomenal, CK-12 Resources, and at the top, you can see they have Khan Academy videos.
Now I also have one of these inside of here. I include this PhET, and it doesn't have a lot to do with communication, but I wanted to show it as an example. If I go to the slideshow, From Current Slide, you'll see that there is a simulation that students can interact with. So they can go to the balancing lab, and they can start to play around with this and say I'm going to take the parts out, put this brick over here, and it makes it go down. Put this over here, and it balances it out. So they can interact with this, right inside of the video, which is great.
Now I'm going to back out of there, and once you have all of the different interactive tools inside of this, you can then proceed to record. It will allow you to narrate over the slides, and it will allow you then to plug in things like quiz questions and websites, videos, et cetera. So this is very powerful. Now in the next video, let's take a look at what we do once we record our presentation.
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