Technology of the Month

What is Office Mix?

Office Mix is a Microsoft add-in for PowerPoint that allows you to write over your PowerPoint presentations, record audio and video to place over presentations, and embed quizzes into your presentations. Office Mix only works with Microsoft Office 2013, but can be used on your tablet as well as on your computer.

How can I use Office Mix?

While writing over a PowerPoint presentation is a bit easier when using a tablet, it is convenient that you do not need a tablet in order to use the Office Mix add-in. On either type of device, just load your PowerPoint presentation, record audio and video (you can record just your audio if you’d rather not have your face in your presentations), and write and draw directly in your presentation.

When embedding quiz questions, you have the option to add feedback per question. This way, if students selected an incorrect answer you can help guide them in the right direction. Students are also able to see the results of each question they answered right after they have answered it.

When you’re finished, you can publish your finished product as an .mp4, or you can publish the video online. If published online, your video is private by default. You can choose who you share it with, and even require students to login to access the online video.

When your students are finished interacting with your video, you will be able to see results for each student with information about video views and students did on the quizzes.