Have you ever wanted to have little explanation boxes appear over text for your students.
It could offer alternate words or explanations. Putting these boxes in can make a
word document interestingly interactive. Try and make your own pop up explanations
Coded messages can be fun, they are easy to make with the fonts built into your word
processor. Use them as a game, or an introduction to encryption... Make your own
I love this one. Having Word really work for you is something you should always strive
for. I was really disappointed when the ability to get Audio directly embedded into
Word documents was lost with the change of Sound Recorder in the move to Vista (&
Win7). So when I discovered that I could put Youtube videos directly into my Word
documents I was really delighted.
This next variation loads a webpage into a word document. This is a little more problematic
because it needs an ActiveX control which means that word gives a security warning
and it has to be saved as a .docm file. On loading the document you get asked for
permission, and need to click the options box to get to enable the content. I see
this page as being especially useful in a webquest situation, or any other time
when you want to limit the amount of access to the Internet and yet have a note taking
or question and answer situation. I have put only one control on the page which is
a Back button. It could easily be changed to a search button to bring up the default
browser search engine. The document remembers the last page it was on during a save.
Example word page. Instructions of how to make a webbrowser in Word.Word page
with search box
Instructions to embed a shockwave flash object in word
Using drop down boxes to teach grammar. Video tutorial here, and sample word document
with instructions here.