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Flip Your Classroom with Office Mix
What is Office Mix?
Office Mix is a powerful tool that you can use to turn your PowerPoint presentations into interactive lessons. For example, you can record:
Audio of yourself narrating a lesson
Video of yourself speaking to students
Ink being drawn on your slides
Imagine if you were a music teacher and you wanted to teach a student how to play guitar. You could record yourself playing music, include voiceover narration of the technique you're using, and then show your student how to read sheet music by drawing lines from the staves to the strings of a guitar, just like you would if you were sitting in front of him or her. But unlike a traditional classroom setting where you're limited by the size of the room and the number of students, Office Mix allows you to teach in a virtual classroom of unlimited capacity while making each student who views the lesson feel like you're talking directly to him or her.
To your students, these lessons look and feel just like videos that they can watch at their own pace and re-watch as often as they need. If you add content like quizzes, polls, and even lessons from Khan Academy, then your students can do more than just watch the videos; they can interact with them and record their answers to your questions.
Office Mix Adds Value to PowerPoint
In addition to all the features available in PowerPoint, Office Mix lets you:
Record audio or video narration of your slide deck.
Insert content that users can interact with, like quizzes, polls, and simulations.
Record audio or video of other applications in action and insert them in your slide show.
Take a screenshot of another open window and insert it in your slide show.
Preview and publish your mix to the web or export it as a video.
Share your mix with whomever you choose and share it on social media.
Review data about who viewed your mix and how long they spent on each slide.
Getting started: Tips & Tricks
Now that you've begun planning your online lessons, here are a few tips and tricks to get you up and running with Office Mix successfully:
Make sure you're using PowerPoint 2013. If you're not sure which version you're using, click File on the menu bar, and then click Account to see the version number.
Make sure your slide deck is saved with a PPTX extension. If you want to start with a slide deck saved in the older, PPT format, open it in PowerPoint 2013.Then click File on the menu bar, and click Convert:
PowerPoint will open the Save As dialog with the filename and PPTX extension already filled in.
Test your audio level before you start recording. No matter how engaging the content of your lesson is, your video content is only as good as the quality of your audio. Do a test recording with your mic and adjust the volume to find the optimal setting.
As soon as you finish your first slide recording, play it back. Before you get too far down the road of creating your mix, you'll want to make sure your audio and video sound and look the way you expect. So as soon as you finish your first slide recording, play it back. To do this, click Preview Slide Recording:
If the audio's too soft or too loud, or if the camera isn't positioned just right, click Delete Slide Recording. Then make adjustments before you re-record.
Segment your content for easier re-recording. It's a lot easier to re-record a segment if you make a mistake when the segment is short. For instance, if the run-time of your lesson is one hour, you can record it in 15 four-minute segments, ten six-minute segments, etc. (Avoid recording segments longer than six minutes whenever possible.) If you segment your content in this way, it gives you the opportunity to think about it in a modular way. It also gives you the freedom to add exercises at the end of each segment to check your students' comprehension.
Pause briefly between slides. Another way to segment your content is by slide. If you make one slide recording per slide, then it's even easier to re-record when you make a mistake.
Use video where essential; use audio and inking for greater focus on content and delivery. When you create an online lesson, you'll want your students to reap the same benefits from your teaching style as if you were delivering the lesson in person. If you decide to include a talking-head video, make sure to create good eye contact by speaking directly to the camera, and speak in a conversational tone so that your students feel like you're talking directly to them. But when you want them to focus on the slide content, forego the video and instead draw on your slides (i.e., use inking) while talking.
Once your mix is ready to publish, you decide who you want to share it with and how:
Manage the permissions:
Mark it as private so only you can see it.
Share it with anyone who has the URL to the mix but restrict access to your organization.
Share it with anyone who has the URL to the mix, provided they sign in to Office Mix.
Share it with anyone who has the URL to the mix, without requiring them to sign in.
Share it publicly so that it's also available from search engines and potentially from the Office Mix Gallery.
Send an email containing the URL from your default email program.
Share it on any website, including Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and others.
Embed it on another website so that it plays in a small, medium, or large frame.
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