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Word 2003, Lesson 1: Getting Started with Word 2003.
Word 2003, Lesson 2: Basic Editing Skills.
Word 2003, Lesson 3: Basic Formatting.
Word 2003, Lesson 4: Using the Internet and E-mail; Creating Web Pages.
Word 2003, Lesson 5: Creating Tables.
Word 2003, Lesson 6: Creating Documents with Merge.
Word 2003, Lesson 7 (on CD): Creating and Editing Long Documents.
Word 2003, Lesson 8 (on CD): Enhancing Documents and Automating Tasks.
Excel 2003, Lesson 1: Getting Started with Excel 2003.
Excel 2003, Lesson 2: Working with Formulas and Formatting.
Excel 2003, Lesson 3: Working with Functions, Formulas, and Charts.
Excel 2003, Lesson 4: Advanced Printing, Formatting, and Editing.
Excel 2003, Lesson 5 (on CD): Advanced Chart Techniques.
Excel 2003, Lesson 6 (on CD): Advanced Functions, PivotCharts, and PivotTables.
Excel 2003, Lesson 7 (on CD): Internet and Integration with Excel.
Access 2003, Lesson 1: Getting Started with Access 2003.
Access 2003, Lesson 2: Working with Tables and Datasheets.
Access 2003, Lesson 3: Simplifying Data Entry with Lookups and Forms.
Access 2003, Lesson 4: Finding Information in a Database.
Access 2003, Lesson 5 (on CD): Displaying Information with Reports.
PowerPoint 2003, Lesson 1: Getting Started with PowerPoint 2003.
PowerPoint 2003, Lesson 2: Editing and Formatting a Presentation.
PowerPoint 2003, Lesson 3: Setting Up a Slide Show.
Outlook 2003, Lesson 1 (on CD): Getting Started with Outlook 2003.
Challenge (on CD).
Posted April 14, 2005
Having taught Microsoft Office to high school students for going on the 6th year, I know the applications and instructional materials well. I teach Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint during two semester classes. Word and Excel then Access and PowerPoint. To keep the students engaged for a period each day for a full semester, I need more material than most instructional books provide. Learning Microsoft Office xxxx does provide enought material. To those who need what I've just described, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. The content is very well suited to developing detailed lesson plans. Each application is presented in several lessons. Each lesson has a number of daily exercises which teach specific and stated skills. There are discussions, in the notes section, and a procedures page that outlines step by step how to perform each task. And there is an exercise (actually two) which the student completes on the computer to practice using the skills for that exercise. There are critical thinking exercises at the end of each Lesson which gives the student an opportunity to review that lesson's skills and go back to relearn as needed. Now for Office 2003, here is where things start to get unpleasant. At this point the student should be given an application test where the teacher can evaluate the students knowledge of that Lesson's skills. A course without the ability to test is not a serious academic course for school. When DDC publishing was publishing these books (selling)they included an extremely valuable extra...the testing binder. It contained two kinds of tests for each lesson...a concept test which evaluated the students understanding of the terms and concepts, and an application test which did the same for skills knowledge (on the computer). Office 2003 has some substitue material which in no way fullfills the teacher's need for real tests. When I upgraded from Office 2000 to 2003 I was not told of this deficiency and so I bypassed Office XP (which does have the testing binders) and bought books for Office 2003. I still regret that decision. What I have done is go back and use tests from the Office XP series and modify the tests slightly. You must be very careful of the timing of the test because not only is different material taught in 2003, but the order the material is covered is different as well. The last criticism I have is the quality control of the products is marginal. This was also true of Office 2000 to some degree. By that I mean the mistakes made in the publications themselves. As a teacher, you must do every exercise closely with an eye for ommisions and just plain errors. References are made to illustrations that don't exist. Instructions to do certain things are written incorrectly and sometimes necessary information is missing...such as formatting instructions for a Word document. The bottom line here is that there is an abundance of material to teach a serious applications course. The depth of the material is good. A student should be able to use these skills to earn a living if they pay attention. The absence of decent testing materials and errors in the publications will keep a teacher busy until you've made the necessary adjustments.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.