Office Mix allows you to share screenshots or screen captures inside of a mix. When referring to something on a particular webpage, document, or map, you can help improve student comprehension by adding a screenshot that you capture or a video of you navigating a site. Students will greatly appreciate these images or videos as they will help to clarify what you are trying to explain.
- [Voiceover] If a picture's worth a thousand words, then we should take advantage of this by including some images, screenshots, and screen recordings in our flipped class. First, let's take a look at a screenshot. Now there may be a time when you want to capture your screen, and you may want to capture it to illustrate what it is that you're talking about. So as an example, I could insert a screenshot of North America to raise the point that in different areas people often speak different languages which is a communication barrier. So in order to do this, I'm going to navigate back to my PowerPoint, and I want to put this on the third slide.
So I'm actually going to create a new slide right here, and then I'm going to go to the top and make sure that the Mix tab is open. And I want to go over to Screenshot. Now if I click on Screenshot, it will bring up any screens that I have open, and it will allow me to insert a picture of that whole screen right here on the slide. An option I like better is to take a screen clipping which when I click on Screenshot and then scroll down to Screen Clipping, it brings me to whatever website I have open behind the PowerPoint, it goes dim, and it gives me this plus sign as my cursor.
Now here's how I can select the area that I want to capture. So for right here, I'm going to click on the mouse, hold it down, and drag. And I want to capture this area. Once I do that, it will automatically insert it into my PowerPoint. So here I can make this a little bit bigger, and I want this to be here. Now when I record the Office Mix, I'll use the drawing tools to write on here and illustrate what it is that I'm talking about. Now another very powerful tool when creating a flipped class is a screen recording.
These can be useful for many reasons. First, rather than writing out long, technical directions on how to do something online, record yourself navigating and narrating the process. For example, I'm going to say that my students are going to have an assignment at the end of this flipped class, so I'm going to insert a new slide. And it's going to be a reflection assignment that they're going to turn in on Google Drive. So what I'm going to do is explain this via a screen recording. I first want to go down and make sure that I have the appropriate webpage up.
So here's where I want to be. Then I'll go back to my Powerpoint. And I've created a new slide here that I want to put it at, at the end. Now at the top, I'll go over and select the Mix tab. And a little bit farther left, we have the icon for screen recording. If I click this, it will let me choose an area and then start recording my screen as I navigate it. I'll click Screen Recording, and this little toolbox pops up. Here is where I can start recording. Here is where I can stop recording.
I can also select the area. In fact, I need to do this. So when I click on it, I get the plus symbol, and it allows me to select the area that I want to record. I'll go like this. Next we can decide whether we want audio on. That means that it will pick up audio from your microphone. It will not record the system audio. So if there are sounds being made by the computer, those are not recorded. But if you have a microphone hooked up, it will record that narration. I'm going to keep this on. And then, you can determine whether you want to record the pointer or not.
So in other words, when I'm navigating, do you want the viewer to see the cursor or do you want it to be invisible? In this case, I want them to see it, so I'll keep that checked. Now I'm ready to start recording, so I'll hit the Record button. It gives us a countdown. Hey students, so at the end of this flipped class, the assignment that you're going to have is one of our reflection assignments. Now remember that we hand those in on Google Documents. So from your Google Drive, click New, Google Docs, and it will open a new Document.
You should title this one right away. So we'll title this Reflection Communication. And next, go over to Share and make sure that you share this with me, Mr. Schinkten, and also with anybody else from your peer group. Make it so that they can comment, and then click Done. Alright, so for the purpose of this, I'll stop it. That's the screen recording that I want. And as you can see, it will insert it onto my slide.
I can change the size of it, put it here in the middle, and leave it right here. Now, I can play this. Hey students, so at the end of this flipped class, the assignment that you're going to have is one of. And as you can see, this video will now appear on the slide, making it even more interactive. Now these are two powerful ways to make your presentations more engaging and interactive. And now with Office Mix, it's so simple to do.
- Downloading and accessing Office Mix
- Recording and editing presentations with Office Mix
- Adding screenshots, links, audio, video, apps, and quizzes
- Uploading and sharing mixes
- Tracking student progress through a mix