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101 Ways of Using Office to Support Learners .


Bring MS Word aliveDiscover the hidden secrets of Word, PowerPoint and Excel to support learners!

It's amazing the things you can do in Word, PowerPoint and Excel. For example, in MS Word it is possible to create colourful cloze tasks, plan essays and projects using mind mapping as well as incorporate audio and video to capture the imagintion of your learners.

The are many advantages of using Office over other software prorgrams, which can often be replicated in Word, PowerPoint or Excel. For example:


Creating colourful banner headings in Word

Why not add some spice to your Word documents and bring some life to them? Banner example in Word

Word, PowerPoint and Excel offer a range of tools which can add life and colour to your worksheets.

The first place to start is to see if you have Word's 'Drawing' toolbar available on your screen. It should look similar to the one below:

Words drawing toolbar

If you can't see it on your screen then follow these step to make it available:

  1. Open MS Word
  2. Select the View menu (or Alt+V)
  3. Select 'Toolbars' from the drop down menu
  4. Select the 'Drawing' option. The 'Drawing' toolbar should now be available.

The Drawing toolbar gives you access to a range of tools, for example, Word Art, diagrams, 3-D shapes etc.

Find out how you can make your own colourful banners in Word by selecting the link below which contains a step-by-step tutorial. This will open in a new browser window. The download time will be dependent on the speed of your Internet connection. You will also need the Flash player to run the tutorial.

Creating a colourful banner heading in Word step-by-step tutorial


Using form fields to make cloze activities

With a bit of imagination you can use form fields in Word to create cloze activities. One great feature of fields is the ability to handle multiple-choice answers. You can make a long or short list of possible answers that will appear when the user clicks on the grey box.

Cloze activities can be colourful and engaging. They are also a great way to help learners with spelling, picutre/word matching ( for English as an Additional Language EAL), and for sums, similar to the examples below.

Cloze activity to support literacy

Example of cloze activity

Cloze activity using sums

Cloze sum

Example of cloze task

How do I create a cloze activity?

Creating a cloze activity is really quite simple. The link below contains a step-by-step tutorial. This will open in a new browser window. The download time will be dependent on the speed of your Internet connection. You will also need the Flash player to run the tutorial.

To watch a step-by-step tutorial select this link

Visit the Better Living Through Technology website to view a tutorial

 


Incorporating audio and video into Word

Using MS Word can be an invaluble tool to engage learners who have limited attention span or have difficulties with reading. By incorporating audio and video into Word it can transform a 'boring' word processor into an innovative learning resource.

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Audio

MicrophoneFor example, it is possible to record a narrative in Word to supplement a text based document.

The Word template (free download - link below) can be used in a number of ways, for example, setting questions and asking learners to 'speak' or record their answer or simply recording your own voice to support the written information.

To download the 'Speak My Answer' template, select this link

 

To use the template follow the instructions below:

Speak my answer

 

 

 

 

 

 

On-screen keyboards in multple languages

 

Who will benefit?

 

Downloads


How much does it cost?

Penfriend XL sells for £120 for a single user, and £30 for additional users. Scottish educational establishments can get special pricing from Learning and Teaching Scotland.

 


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Penfriend XP: Version 3

Penfriend XP can help dyslexic and physically disabled people to write faster by predicting the next word they want to type.

Highlights in Version 3 include:

To find out more about Penfriend XP Version 3 select this link to download a PDF file.