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The second edition of Technology Tools for Teachers: A Microsoft Office Tutorial is a practical, user-friendly guide for teachers who want to learn the basics of the Microsoft Office suite and how to integrate it into the curriculum.
Through helpful step-by-step lessons, teachers will learn about the various features of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access and how to use them to help you and your students in the classroom. Whether you are looking to extend your knowledge of the programs in the suite, or you would like to begin learning them from scratch, you will find material appropriate to your experience level.
Inservice K-12 Teachers.
|Pt. I||Technology-enhanced learning using Microsoft Office||1|
|Ch. 1||Technology tools for teachers : an introduction||5|
|Ch. 2||Microsoft Office features||25|
|Pt. II||Integrating technology in the classroom with Microsoft Word||39|
|Ch. 3||Beginning-level Word skills||43|
|Ch. 4||Intermediate-level Word skills||58|
|Ch. 5||Advanced-level Word skills||72|
|Pt. III||Integrating technology in the classroom with Microsoft Excel||87|
|Ch. 6||Beginning-level Excel skills||91|
|Ch. 7||Intermediate-level Excel skills||109|
|Ch. 8||Advanced-level Excel skills||127|
|Pt. IV||Integrating technology in the classroom with Microsoft PowerPoint||145|
|Ch. 9||Beginning PowerPoint skills||149|
|Ch. 10||Intermediate-level PowerPoint skills||168|
|Pt. V||Integrating technology in the classroom with Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Access||191|
|Ch. 11||Messaging, scheduling, project management, and journaling using Outlook||197|
|Ch. 12||Introduction to databases using Access||224|
Churchill's sentiment seems as applicable for today's teachers as it was for the British people in 1941. Like them, teachers are dedicated, tireless, and committed workers in one of the noblest of callings. Like them, teachers are faced with a daunting task, and yet our very survival depends on their success in accomplishing it. But how the "tools" they are given have changed in the last 60 years! Who could have predicted that in the post-World War II era, we would become an Information Society in which technologies like word processing and e-mail would help re-define the nature of work and make fundamental changes in the way we relate to each other, to our jobs, and to the world itself?
This textbook was written as an acknowledgement of the importance to teachers and students of learning to use information tools that have become an essential part of the fabric of our modern society. Modern teachers are faced with the task of integrating these tools into their everyday work and, by their example and instruction, teaching their students to do the wane. It is for this reason we feel that teaching teachers how to exploit the power of these tools is a crucial part of their preparation for the classroom.
This book was designed to help current and future teachers use a common and widely-used set of software tools, the Microsoft® Office suite, to gain the following insights and skills related to these software tools:
Educational Computing in Elementary/Secondary Education, Using Technology/ Computers in the Classroom, Instructional Design/Multimedia Authoring for Teachers Common software and communications applications including word processing, multimedia presentations, spreadsheets, e-mail, and the World Wide Web are now used in most teacher preparation courses in instructional technology as well as most K-12 classrooms. The authors of this book made several assumptions that were relevant for the publication of this book:
This book is designed to support a hands-on approach to learning how to use software tools and integrate them into classroom activities. The methodology used by the book is to blend step-by-step lesson tutorials with technology application and integration activities. Each chapter demonstrates not only how to use particular features of the Microsoft® Office software productivity tools, but also provides examples of how to apply new skills in using these tools for classroom teaching and learning. This book should be useful in several educational contexts:
The chapters in the book include tutorials and exercises that demonstrate features of Microsoft® Word, Microsoft® Excel, Microsoft® PowerPoint®, Microsoft® Outlook®, that can be used as cognitive tools to support and facilitate teaching and learning in 21St century classrooms. While this book is intended to tutor students in the use of software productivity tools, it is also very much about applying the technology skills acquired through the tutorials to create interesting and engaging learning experiences for the classroom. This book includes many features that will equip preservice and inservice teachers for integrating technology in the classroom:
The following ancillaries assist the instructor in helping students learn these technology tools and in evaluating their progress in integrating these technology tools to classroom instruction:
Posted October 27, 2005
This book is an acknowledgement of the importance of Microsoft Office software in a classroom environment. Given that any computers present in the classroom are likely to run a Microsoft operating system, or be a Macintosh. For both, MS Office is available. On first glance, most of the book might come across as yet another text on MS Office. Like how to type in a document using Word, or fill in a spreadsheet using Excel. So why don't you, the teacher, just use one of those alternatives? But on closer inspection, there is more to Mills' book. He shows how an Office program can have specific usages within a classroom context. Take Excel. You might use this for such tasks as keeping attendance records, maintaining a classroom budget or recording student grades. These are very common tasks faced by many teachers. Or you might be a school administrator. Then, Excel can certainly do these tasks for more than one classroom. Perhaps for all the classes in each year, and thence for all the classes in the school. Excel can also be used for instructional tasks. The obvious context is in teaching maths. But there are other usages that might not be so obvious to you, which Mills explains. A possibly hilarious usage, with a very serious intent, is to let a student project her own grades, based on her actual current grades, and with varying assumptions about her effort. The book's chapters on PowerPoint might attract your attention. Perhaps you wish to instantiate your lessons in this format? PowerPoint is easy to use, as the book suggests. You can see how to integrate slides, audio, simple animation and hyperlinks. Especially to make HTML documents. This could help your students after hours, if they can go to your website, possibly hosted by your school, and review your lesson. At the university level, some lecturers already do this. No reason why this cannot also happen in a high school or even a primary school.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.