When creating a flipped class using Office Mix you can make it more interactive by either embedding a website within one of the slides, which students will be able to interact with, or by adding a link which will take students to that particular site. This can be done by adding the Web Viewer add-on within Office Mix.
- [Voiceover] A great way to make your flipped class more engaging is to have students interact with the presentation. Office Mix provides several ways for you to do this. In this video, let's take a look at how to embed a webpage inside of your flipped class, which students will be able to navigate on. Now, I want my students to check out ted.com and there's a talk on there that I'd like them to see. The talk is called Talk Nerdy to Me by Melissa Marshall and if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. It's a great talk about communication. So, I'm going to go ahead and copy the URL.
You'll notice here that it starts with https. One thing to note is that in order for a website to embed within Office Mix, it needs to be a secured site represented by this https. Now, often, this part of the URL is hidden, so don't assume that a website doesn't work. Try to embed it and see if it works. So, I'm going to copy that URL and then I'm going to go back to my PowerPoint. Now, down below, I'm going to create a new slide and I'm going to go up to the top tabs and make sure the Mix tab is selected.
Then I'm going to go over and click on Quizzes, Videos, Apps. When I do this, a box pops up, and if I click on the Store, it'll allow me to access some different add-ons. Now, here, I'm going to go down to the one titled Web Viewer. I'll click Add and it adds that Web Viewer on this page. Now, how does the Web Viewer work? It's simple. All you need to do is to paste that URL into here. Now, one thing that I've had problems with in the past is I do this and it won't upload.
The reason for it is that when I copy it, I have that https:// and it's already here, so it thinks you're repeating it. So, if you're doing this, make sure that you get that out of there, so it's not doubled up. So, now I have https:// and the website that I want them to go to. I'll click on Preview and it will show me what it's going to look like. I really like this. Now, I could click inside of here and change the size of this, if I wanted. So, I could make it this big.
You could make it much smaller and include some text on the slide. I'm going to go back to this size and then, at the top, I could type something in. So, there I have that slide created and now students will be able to interact with that website. They'll be able to go there, scroll around on it, and also watch that video. Now, if you're unable to embed a specific website into your Office Mix, or if you don't want it to take up as much space, you can also link text within the presentation to a website in which the students will then be able to click on and navigate to.
So, I want my students to check out the Changing Minds website, which is a phenomenal website, and I want them to check out the section on Assertiveness. So, what I'm going to do is copy this URL. I believe this is a site that does not have https and, therefore, I cannot embed it within my Office Mix. But I do have this other option. I can go in here and I have a slide here that says Being Assertive, and I'm going to type out "check out the articles and information about Assertiveness "on the Changing Minds website!" I'm going to highlight Assertive and then I'm going to insert a hyperlink and I want it to go there.
Next, I'm going to highlight the Changing Minds Website and give them another opportunity to click on this and navigate there. So, this will be this site. Now, I may put a picture down here or something to make it look nicer, but, in effect, I'll be talking over this when I record my Office Mix, and then the students will have the ability to click on that link and visit that website. This is a great way to share additional information about a topic for students who want to read more and level up. So, there are two more ways to make your flipped class more engaging and more interactive.
Hopefully this video helped you understand how to embed a website or link to another website inside of your flipped class. Be creative and think of ways that you can use these features to engage students and improve learning.
- 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