Course Outline for Microsoft Word 2010 for Teachers

Week 1

Lesson 1- Introduction to Word

In our first lesson, you'll discover Word 2010's navigation principles and its indispensable new tabs. We'll also go over the basic editing features that will allow you to dive into more complex word processing feats and teach your students the ins and outs of this powerful program.

Lesson 2- Navigating and Letter Writing

Letter writing is a great skill to teach your students in any discipline, so today you'll use Word to format a letter. You'll also find out how to use keyboard navigation for document shortcuts. You'll make your life in the classroom a whole lot easier by putting this lesson to use right away, and you'll learn about some great letter-writing lessons for your students too.

Week 2

Lesson 3- Drives, Files, and Folders

Get ready to take your first steps toward becoming an organized Word user! In this lesson, you'll learn how to save, resave, and relocate documents to different drives on your computer. You'll go through the process of saving files so that you can teach your students how to do it correctly.

Lesson 4- Fixing and Sorting Files

How many times have you wished you'd caught a spelling error that slipped by? Well, with Word's spell-checker, you'll never have that problem again. Today, you'll look at some more productivity tools, like the spelling and grammar checker, how to cut and paste, and how to delete files. Then, you'll learn how you can teach these time-saving tools that will make working with Word—and writing in general—much easier for your students.

Week 3

Lesson 5- Fun With Formatting

Fonts, formatting, and WordArt, oh my! Today, you'll start spicing up your work with these fun Word tools that let you put your unique stamp on classroom and personal documents. You'll have the tools to teach your students to create book report covers, poster projects, and much more.

Lesson 6- Printing Fun and Clip Art

Surprisingly, you have a lot of options when it comes to document printing and adding clip art. In this lesson, we'll take a look at smart ways to navigate through these choices. Word lets you preview everything you print, which is really helpful for catching any errors before it's too late. And clip art will open up a whole new world to you—enabling you to make your documents more visually friendly to young learners.

Week 4

Lesson 7- Borders and Margins

Today, you're going to master setting margins, headers, and footers. You'll learn about adding page numbers, changing your margins to fit different document needs, and adding borders to give classroom documents a little extra flair.

Lesson 8- Formatting Paragraphs

In this lesson, you'll take a closer look at your document and examine how to format paragraphs and make lists with bullets and numbers. We'll also take a quick tour of indents, which will help you easily fix tricky spacing.

Week 5

Lesson 9- Working With Drawing Tools

Let Word's drawing features dazzle you as you find out all the neat things you can do with AutoShapes—like filling them with colors and pictures to help you illustrate your document. With all the shapes available in Word, you'll have no shortage of creative inspiration, and at the end of the lesson, you'll have a student of the week poster to use in your classroom.

Lesson 10- Creating Tables

Creating tables in Word allows you to do all kinds of useful things such as present charts, math problems, and other information in creative and visually appealing ways. Word offers a lot of flexibility in table design, including specifying cell height and width, color formatting, and sorting functions that will make your table pop! You'll see how it all works today and you'll use Word's table feature to create a class grade roster.

Week 6

Lesson 11- Templates and Language Tools

In this lesson, you'll learn all about Word templates. A template is a pre-formatted document that you'll be able to use over and over again for specific purposes—things like lesson plans, quizzes, grades, posters, and more. As a teacher, you'll find that templates can save you a great deal of time. You'll also see how Word's language tools can increase student vocabulary and how you can use track changes to incorporate group writing and revisions into your classroom.

Lesson 12- Lesson Plans Using Word

In this lesson, you'll get to examine three sample lesson plans that integrate the use of Word. The first lesson plan is for lower grades; the second is for middle grades; and the third is for the upper grades. I'll give you my ideas for how to adapt each plan to different grade levels and content areas, and I encourage you to share your ideas with me and your fellow teachers!

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