Microsoft Office Tutorials from INNOVATIVE TEACHING
- From: Walter McKenzie <mrmck@s...>
Date: Sat Sep 30, 2000 4:03am
Subject: Microsoft Office Tutorials <September 30, 2000>
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September 20, 2000
The first thing I advocate doing when planning a comprehensive technology
program for a faculty is to purchase Microsoft Office licenses for every
machine in the building. Office is available for both PC and MAC platforms
(although the MAC version omits Access), and can work successfully with
WordPerfect files, as well. It is the industry standard for office productivity
tools, and teachers deserve to have the best tools at their fingertips!
What is most enticing about Office is that teachers can work at home on their
PC and at school on their iMac interchangeably for lesson plans, electronic
grade keeping, slide show presentations - the wall between the competing
operating systems comes down! Of course, you can always use the Microsoft
site's offerings at
Here then is an offering of some first rate unofficial Office Suite tutorials.
Some are more basic, others more sophisticated, but all will serve you well for
teacher training. Enjoy!
Microsoft Software Tutorials -
http://microsoftsoft.about.com/compute/microsoftsoft/mbody.htm About.com's Josh
Andrews provides links to many cool tips sites for Office users, including a
headliner on activating an autosave feature in Excel and tips for sharing
Office documents. This is continually updated and keep current, so check back
Microsoft Word Tutorial - http://www.baycongroup.com/word.htm The BayBon
Group offers this free series of mini-lessons on everything from toolbars and
formatting features to setting up tables. The screen capture images offer nice
illustration of how to access various features in Word.
Microsoft Word Basics -
http://connwww.iu5.org/cvelem/tutorials/Wordcover.html The Conneaut School
District in Linesville, Pennsylvania offers this excellent beginner's guide to
making use of Word's word processing functions. This is not an advanced
tutorial and the graphics seem a little off color, but they are effective.
Microsoft Word Knowdule -
http://isds.bus.lsu.edu/cvoc/learn/introit/word/index.htm Louisiana State
University offers this excellent set of activities complete with step-by-step
pop-up windows and Real Player animations to help guide you each step of the
way. The set of 5 tutorials range from basic skills to creating web pages using
Word. Excellent tutorials for Excel and PowerPoint, as well as an Office
Excel Tutorial - http://einstein.cs.uri.edu/excel97/excel.html The Glendora
Public Library offers these eight lessons on worksheets, workbooks, formulae
and creating charts in an easy to use format with select screen captures to aid
in your understanding of the spreadsheet environment. There is a companion Word
Microsoft Excel Tutorial - http://www.functionx.com/excel/ Function X offers
a set of basic tutorials plus downloadable exercises that you can open while
offline to sharpen your skills. In addition to all the basics of Excel, this
set of activities delves deeper into important topics such as printing issues,
working with templates, and the importing and exporting of spreadsheets.
Microsoft Excel '97 -
is a great set of twelve lessons on Excel '97 along with a set of three data
disk files you can download and use on your own for further practice. There's
even a Windows tutorial for you Mac folks. Links to PowerPoint, Word and Access
Microsoft Access Tutorial -
http://mhs.madison.k12.sd.us/halversp/accessTut.htm Developed with educators in
mind, this digital version of a quick reference card offers the most basic
explanations of a database, tables. fields, queries and more in a way that
distills the basics from more sophisticated database concepts. Great for
Microsoft Access Tutorials-
http://mis.bus.sfu.ca/tutorials/MSAccess/tutorials.html This collection of
downloadable .pdf files takes you from introductory database concepts through
more intermediate features to help you master all the power Access has to
offer. There are also Access and Excel support files to help you practice the
skills taught herein.
Access Latest Version - http://help.unc.edu/cgi-
%20Latest%20Version The University of North Carolina offers this detailed
collection of mini-lessons on Access '97 and 2000, including more advanced
functions such as forms, reports and macros. This is not the place to start,
but certainly a good place to work towards as you master databases!
Office '97 PowerPoint Tutorial - http://sun3.lib.uci.edu/~mclweb/ppt1.htm
Very basic step-by-step slide show with lots of graphic images to help you
learn the ins and outs of this popular presentation software. I especially like
the graphic design considerations offered at the end of the presentation -
great for the novice!
PowerPoint Tutorial - http://www.oid.ucla.edu/fipse/tutorials/basicppt.html
UCLA presents this highly graphical set of reference cards which take you from
beginning PowerPoint skills through custom animation options - virtually
everything you need to create your own slide show from scratch. This is a good
starting point. Click here for the .html version of this week's edition!
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