Introduction to Office 2007

In the fall of 2009, Kerrville ISD will be using Microsoft Office 2007 district-wide. This is a major change from previous versions of Office and there will be some real struggles with finding the buttons and menu items because of style changes to the applications. This session will focus on the various tools of Office 2007 and how to navigate within the new environment. We won't be able to dive into all applications and specific uses. This session will really be an overview for teachers who need a basic look at the software before they start running with it on their own. Specific software applications and uses in classroom and office are available this summer in other trainings.

Here is a quick video showing how to navigate in the new Office environment:

Training Module for June 16, 2008

Introduction video to Office 2007

Key topics: Interface, Ribbon, Live Preview, Command Tabs, Context Tabs, Quick Access Toolbar, Status Bar, Compatibility Issues, Themes, Smart Art, Office LIVE

Office for Student Use 2010

Learning on your own:
Microsoft Office Help Button - links to online video training modules and resources from
Office Help Online
Office Podcasts
Atomic Learning
YouTube - Search string: "Microsoft Office 2007 Tutorial"
Google Search - Search string: "Office 2007 Introduction"

Free online templates

FREE Office Alternatives - Collaborative too lets you upload presentations to share online
Google Documents
Adobe Buzzword
Slide Story
Slide Rocket

In the Classroom:
Microsoft links for Educators
Templates for Students

Grading Rubrics for Powerpoint

Classroom Uses for Office Tools:

  • Flash Cards - Create Flashcard presentations for individual and group reinforcement. You can create a template and choose whether you or your students will insert the words or phrases. Topics may include: reinforcing math concepts; practicing parts of speech; practicing spelling; reinforcing story problems; and reinforcing numbers, letters, or colors.
  • Field Trip Slide Shows - Develop field trip slide shows to review and apply knowledge learned on a field trip. Students can work together to make a slide show that presents what they saw, as well as what they learned.
  • Autobiographical Stories - Students can create short autobiographical stories about themselves. Scanned photos can be inserted for interest. Once the slides are complete, you can put them together in a presentation to show an audience, such as an open house or parent night.
  • Interactive Book Reports - Have students create a PowerPoint presentation about books they read.
  • Music Class Recitals - For music teachers, PowerPoint is a useful tool for creating slide shows of student recitals. During a recital, take pictures of the students while they are performing and record a small portion of their music. On slides, include both each student's picture and music.
  • Group Slide Shows - Give your students a topic (such as zoo animals) and tell them to choose parts of the topic to focus on (such as specific zoo animals). Have students research their assigned portions of the topic and develop slides to serve as a part of a group presentation about the topic.
  • Poetry Readings - Students can create slides exhibiting their personal poetry along with a voice recording.
  • Science Presentations - Use PowerPoint to teach processes and how things work. Teachers or students can add additional items to a diagram to illustrate how a process grows and changes. Science principles work well using this format.
  • Student Portfolios - PowerPoint can be used to create portfolios of student work.
  • Class Yearbook-Type Presentations - Collect photos; information about special events; examples of class and student projects, etc. throughout the year and create a year-in-review presentation.

Microsoft Office 2010 - Previews

Microsoft Office 2010 "The Movie"

Microsoft Office 2010 Preview - what the product will look like