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Ever had 30 kids staring at you as you try to get a presentation going? Or perhaps, you've got a big project due and you want to wow your teacher. Whatever your role in education, we're here to help.
Five writers have united to contribute ideas and tips for using Microsoft Office inside and outside the classroom. Within the Office group at Microsoft, Jennifer, Michael, Tami, Matt, and Deb write content for products such as Interactive Classroom and Mathematics add-ins for Office as well as Microsoft Math 3.0 and Microsoft OneNote. We're bringing our experience with education, mixing it with our knowledge of Office products and services, and serving it up to you on our new blog.
You'll also see guest contributors who are passionate about Office technology in education.
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We have a ton of ideas, but we want to hear from you. What do you want to learn about? Perhaps you're a teacher, a student, a curriculum designer, or a parent. How can we help? Leave us a comment to let us know.
-- Jennifer Bost
so your a teacher?
Good question. To be clear, we are not teachers. We're actually writers that work for Microsoft. We're here to help teachers and students find answers to common questions about Office products and services.
How about you? Are you a student? How do you use technology in the classroom?
yes im astudent but im new to this
me and some friends are trying to make a video game is there a microsoft office for that?
Although Excel has been used to create games, see www.brighthub.com/.../53703.aspx
I would look at Kodu which lets you create XBox quality games on a PC using the XBox controller.
Great links, Ian. Kodu is such an exciting Microsoft Research project for getting kids interested in progamming and games. Thanks!
I this its great to see the ability for students to be able to access and learn current software especialy since they are the wave of tomorrow =)
I am a teacher (as well as club leader and yearbook sponsor) and have been using Office 2010 for several months now. Some of the new things I've found in 2010 are a teacher's dream! I think my favorite would have to be SmartArt. It has so many uses, but it really shines when used to do a presentation in PowerPoint by presenting information in an organized and visually appealing manner. (By the way, I've seen PowerPoint used to make games in the classroom that students can also use as study aids incorporating a touch screen like SmartBoard or just a mouse click to reveal answers.) If you can't tell already, let me just say I'm a BIG fan of Office 2010!
Thank you, ErIs9 and FarmMom! We're excited to hear that you're excited by Office 2010.
@FarmMom: I'm interested in the PowerPoint lesson plan you mentioned. Would you be willing to share more details?
I teach computer literacy classes for Pre-K through 8th grade. We use Microsoft Office programs and currently we do not have any formal textbook or workbook. I know in my college classes we had books that took us through the programs step by step. I was just wondering if that was available for elementary students?
@bradmurdoc: Thank you for your comment. I apologize for the delayed response. Currently, Office does not create learning materials for K-12 students. There may be materials available from the Partners In Learning program (www.microsoft.com/education/pil/). This is a Microsoft program that supports teachers using technology in the classroom.