Microsoft has extended a private preview of Office Mix, its app offering a simple way to turn PowerPoint slides into interactive online lessons and presentations.
Aimed predominantly at the education sector, Office Mix ‘adds functionality to PowerPoint 2013 that allows you to record audio or video of yourself presenting, write on your slides as you speak to them, insert quizzes, polls, online videos, and more,’ according the Microsoft Office Blogs site.
An excerpt from the blog reads: “We’ve heard from teachers that it can be difficult and expensive to make online lessons. Creating online lessons takes multiple pieces of expensive software, some of which require serious technical skills, like complex video editing and timelines. All just to get a lesson online.”
Office Mix extends the functionality of Microsoft PowerPoint and simplifies the creation of online lessons or presentations. Users can upload their work from PowerPoint to the app and Office Mix will transform their work into an interactive presentation.
The app creates ‘mixes’, which the blog post describes as an ‘interactive, playable document that can be viewed on almost any device, anywhere with an internet connection’.
Office Mix can record all features of a presentation, covering audio, video, screen recording and interactive content. Changes can be made via PowerPoint, meaning a single point can be used to record and edit, rather than jumping between apps.
Quizzes, web pages and interactive apps can be added to presentations with Office Mix, and an analytic function also means users can see how many students have viewed the presentation and the scores they achieved on any quizzes that were included, helping educators identify students that may require extra help.
“We’ve been amazed at how our early pilot testers are using Office Mix,” the blog reads. “Some have used it to record entire lectures for absent students. Others record so that students can re-watch important lessons to study or review. Some have used Office Mix in blended learning, a new trend where the lecture takes place in non-traditional places, for instance at home, and class time may be used for more individualised instruction.”
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