I really appreciate how PowerPoint gives us the option to integrate these platforms to bring student responses and feedback to life.
Did you know that Microsoft PowerPoint offers a feature to record audio narration directly on the slides?!
Screen Recorder is a neat tool that is great for quick, no-fuss recording and is easy enough for your students to use as well. Consider using it for asynchronous tasks and student activities!
Not a Graphic Designer? No Problem! I openly tell people that I work with that I am not a graphic designer. I am a techie person but graphic design and making things look pretty is not one of my strengths. This is an issue because I would still like to make beautiful slide decks for participants in professional developments that… Read More »Designer in PowerPoint: The Graphic Design Life Saver
I essentially do everything in OneNote and I was looking for tools within the platform to save me time. The one that I’ve fallen in love with the most lately has been Dictation.
A pivot table is an essential tool for teachers. Pivot tables SUMMARIZE. Given that we have 30-150 students each doing multiple things we have lots of need for pivot tables. Join cue.org/microsoft May 27th at 7pm PST for my webinar on Pivot Tables in Excel Online Questions You Can Answer with a Pivot Table How many students went to the… Read More »Pump It Up with Pivot Tables
“OneNote best practices for educators and students” Guest blog post by Mike Tholfsen Last week I did a webinar with Troy Waller from Australia all about OneNote EDU best practices and “good hygiene” for educators and students. In addition to the best practices, there are lots of other useful nuggets about current updates, and what is coming in the near future for OneNote in… Read More »OneNote Best Practices for Educators and Students with @mtholfsen
Immersive Reader Helps Our Struggling Students Google has awesome tools. Microsoft has awesome tools. Both are free. Why not set up both accounts to take advantage of the best innovation to help our students. Right now, Immersive Reader is a big deal for helping our students. Immersive Reader is a free tool that uses proven techniques to improve reading for… Read More »Why O365… Because Immersive Reader
Magically Get Data This is really cool, you can set your data type in Microsoft Excel to be Geography and then it will tell you all kinds of data about it. No one loves data more than me! Having students find data about different locations and using them in a spreadsheet is my dream 🙂 Type in Geography Data In… Read More »Microsoft Excel: Set Data Type as Geography
Some Twitter Tips The number one users of Twitter are educators! I don’t use Twitter like Facebook and I don’t follow people who do. One of the best things you can do for yourself as an educator is to create a Twitter handle just for teaching and tweet about teaching. Tweetdeck I use Tweetdeck.com to manage my Twitter. It has… Read More »Twitter Tip: Exclude Tweets in Your Search
In Microsoft Office products, you can customize the Quick Access Toolbar. This allows you to quickly choose the tasks you use most often. For example when using Microsoft PowerPoint I am frequently adding new slides. To add a new slide I go to the Home tab or the Insert tab on the Ribbon. Instead of switching tabs I am able… Read More »Microsoft Office: Customize Quick Access Toolbar
When using presentation tools such as Google Slides or PowerPoint you can rearrange the slides by clicking on one of the slide tiles on the left hand side. Click and hold down on the slide tile. Drag your mouse up and down to move the slide. Moving Multiple Slides Click on the first slide you want to move in the slide… Read More »Moving Slides in a Presentation
As more classrooms move towards 1:1 it is now feasible for students to be regularly creating spreadsheets. Almost any managerial position requires spreadsheet knowledge. When students ask “When are we going to use this?” The answer could very well be a spreadsheet. Writing formulas in a spreadsheet such as Google Sheets or Excel gives students an opportunity to practice their… Read More »A Call to Math Teachers: Use Spreadsheets
This morning my daughter Bacon (not her real name, but what she goes by) saw that I got a Microsoft Avenger OneNote cape at the SXSWedu event. She was very jealous and I hope I can get it back from her. If you need your own OneNote avenger cape you can order them at: https://www.co-store.com/iw
My assignment is to watch a YouTube video and take notes. Using my Surface Pro 3 and OneNote I have found a workflow that makes this process fairly productive. Dock to Desktop OneNote has a feature called “Dock to Desktop” that allows you to be in OneNote and another program simultaneously. Under the View menu you will see the option… Read More »Dock to Desktop with OneNote – This is Cool