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.
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Computers are in our classrooms to stay. This new step-by-step tutorial will help teachers gain a thorough understanding of Microsoft® Office, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. In this hands-on book, the step-by-step tutorials for each of these components are blended with examples and activities to help preservice and inservice teachers use Office both to improve classroom pedagogy and enhance professional productivity. Separate coverage of each of the applications offers self-contained, standalone units dedicated to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. A common structure to each skills chapter consists of lesson procedures, new terms, chapter overview, and lesson tutorials. For teachers in computer classes and media centers—of students at all grade levels.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
NOTES FOR THE PROFESSOR
We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire... Give us the tools and we will finish the job.
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:
Who Will Find This Book Useful
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:
Cognitive Tools for Technology Integration
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:
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