Every so often I do a talk on various free software tools that Microsoft has available for teachers. The other day I did one such talk at the Mass CUE conference. In preparation I made a handout that listed the resources I talked about and then a bunch more. I thought that this might be a good time to post my latest list. Note that I always miss things because there is just so much available that it is hard to keep track of it all. You may want to check out http://www.microsoft.com/education/freetools from time to time to see some of what is new. The list with the logos includes what I talked about in my presentation while the list below that is a “kitchen sink” of tings I would have talked about it I’d had more time. I apologize for the lack of fancy formatting.
Windows Live SkyDrive
Windows Live Writer
Lesson Plans - http://www.microsoft.com/education/lessonplans.mspx
How-to Guides - http://www.microsoft.com/education/howto.mspx
Expressions Web Design course - http://expression.microsoft.com/en-us/cc136522.aspx
Office Online - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/FX100485361033.aspx
Add-Ins for Office 2007 Search Commands - www.officelabs.com/projects/searchcommands/Pages/default.aspx
Save as PDF - www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=F1FC413C-6D89-4F15-991B-63B07BA5F2E5&displaylang=en
Getting Started Tab – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA102146851033.aspx
Office 2003/2007 compatibility pack – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/HA101686761033.aspx
Microsoft Math add-in for Microsoft Word - www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=030fae9c-704f-48ca-971d-56241aefc764&displaylang=en
Learning Essentials for Office 2007 - www.microsoft.com/education/products/office/learningessentials
Digital Storytelling - www.microsoft.com/education/teachers/guides/digital_storytelling.aspx
Windows Live Photo Gallery - http://www.windowslive.com/Desktop/PhotoGallery
AutoCollage is only a free trial. You do have to pay for it after 30 days. I realize the cost is low, but it is not free or did I miss something?
I beleive that if you sign up for the Partners in Learning network at us.partnersinlearningnetwork.com/.../default.aspx that one of the tools teachers there have access to is a none time out version of AutoCollage.
Photo Story 3 is an almost perfect tool for digital photography enthusiasts and a must-have utility for anyone who enjoys their own digital photographs. The effects generated by this application are both stunning and compelling, and very similar to the photo slideshow capabilities that Media Center users enjoy.