Computer Applications Lesson Plans for Microsoft Publisher Blog Feature
Sarah Layton

By: Sarah Layton on September 12th, 2014

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Computer Applications Lesson Plans for Microsoft Publisher

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When establishing your computer applications lesson plans, do you give Microsoft Publisher its fair share of attention? It seems everyone focuses so much on "easier" Office applications like Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, that sometimes really cool applications like Microsoft Publisher get the short end of the stick.

Maybe you just don't know where to find some good computer applications lesson plans that highlight Microsoft Publisher.

Computer Applications Lesson Plans: Online Curriculum Services

The best software as a service options will provide you with engaging, interactive, and up-to-date curriculum. The content is designed to teach students basic and intermediate Microsoft Office skills. After content is presented, students can take quizzes. Later, module tests verify their achievement in the content areas.

And not only is the curriculum provided, the best programs will include a grade book. The grade book helps you gauge how well your students are learning and understanding the content. You can reset quizzes and test and allow students to take them over as needed.

The best part, both you and your students can access the program anytime, anywhere.

In our own Business&ITCenter21, students will learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Publisher by creating a number of desktop publishing documents. These documents include a calendar, bookmark, birthday card and poster.

They'll begin with the Introduction to Microsoft Publisher unit that includes the following lessons:

Lesson 1- Microsoft Publisher Tour

  • Know the types of documents that can be created
  • Understand the difference between Microsoft Word
  • Be able to navigate Microsoft Publisher

Lesson 2- Create a Calendar

  • Create a publication from a template
  • Remove elements
  • Add clip art
  • Use handles resize and rotate objects
  • Adjust color schemes
  • Add text boxes

Lesson 3- Create a Bookmark

  • Create a publication from a blank, custom page size
  • Use color gradients
  • Page backgrounds
  • Text rotation and formatting

Then they'll move on to the Creating Publications unit, where they'll tackle these lessons:

Lesson 1- Design a Birthday Card

  • Design a four-fold publication
  • Use page navigation for multi-page publications
  • Insert, rotate, format and flip WordArt
  • Insert, rotate, format and flip clip art
  • Arrange objects (Send Backwards)
  • Text wrapping

Lesson 2- Build a Poster

  • Page Guides and Grids
  • Add and format shapes
  • Shape grouping

Microsoft Publisher Lesson Plans: Microsoft

Another option is Microsoft’s own Microsoft IT Academy Program. Here you’ll find customizable lesson plans. You will also find all sorts of valuable information and content for developing and refining your own computer applications lesson plans for Microsoft Publisher. You can also check out Microsoft in Education for some great ideas.

Microsoft Publisher Lesson Plans: Online Communities and Blogs

Yet another way, join online communities, follow some blogs online, or dig around on Pinterest. If you’re not sure how to get started, try a “top 20 blog” list or something similar, such as Scholastic’s list.

Do you have some great ideas about where to find computer applications lesson plans for Microsoft Publisher? Please comment and share with other teachers here on our blog!

The best resource?

Use a combination of all these resources in developing your lesson plans. It’s likely that not one single source will get you what you need, for example, read this post, “Is Microsoft IT Academy Enough for Employers?”

If you want to try the Microsoft Publisher lesson described above, sign up for a free trial of the Business&ITCenter21 curriculum:

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About Sarah Layton

Sarah has been with AES since 1998, first serving as a curriculum developer, and now as a customer support analyst and content creator. She is committed to helping instructors gain experience and confidence using our solutions and to providing excellent customer care.