Office Mix: Interactive PowerPoint

By Brian Jambor

Office Mix

What is Office Mix?

Office Mix is a free extension to PowerPoint that makes it easy to turn your PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons.

From there you can  share them with your students and colleagues as a video file or as an interactive Mix on the Office Mix website.  You have full control over viewing permissions–ranging from private to unlisted to shared with the world! With Office Mix you can add:

  • Audio and video narration
    Real-time digital inking
    Screen recordings that show actions you take on your computer
    Quizzes and polls
    Simulations, videos, and live web pages

… all from within PowerPoint. Publishing a mix is as easy as uploading it to the web and deciding who can view it. The people you share it with can view your mix in any web browser on any device.

Office Mix has been in Customer Preview since May, 2014.  While tech reviewers claim Mix isn’t ready to replace products like Adobe Presenter, Camtasia, Captivate and Articulate yet–they say it’s getting close! I would agree and encourage you to give Mix a try.

For more information watch the Microsoft in Education short YouTube video below and visit the Office Mix on the web:


Free Online Whiteboard: AWW

By Brian Jambor

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Improve your classroom and brainstorming sessions using a shared web whiteboard. Works great on computers, tablets and smartphones and there’s no installation needed.

We found this web application in ITS while looking for basic writing tools.  Our primary focus was to find a tool that Surface Pro 3 users could utilize while teaching in the classroom.  There were others that rated highly but were only for Windows 8.1 users.  This tool can be used on any device: computer, tablet, smartphone right from a browser.

You can start using it right away without any cost, or sign up for a premium plan.  For our purposes the free page provides everything we needed.  AWW works great while being projected in the classroom or while using Panopto and other programs during screen capture.

Try out AWW– A Web Whiteboard here: