Microsoft Free Tools for Teachers

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Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson

Microsoft Free Tools for Teachers

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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 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.


image Mouse Mischief

imageAuto Collage

imageWorldWide Telescope

image Photosynth

image SongSmith


imageWindows Live SkyDrive

imageWindows Live Writer

imageBing Search


image Bing Maps

imageMicrosoft Translator

Lesson Plans -

How-to Guides -

Expressions Web Design course -

Office Online -

Add-Ins for Office 2007 Search Commands -

Save as PDF -

Getting Started Tab –

Office 2003/2007 compatibility pack –

Microsoft Math add-in for Microsoft Word -

Learning Essentials for Office 2007 -

Digital Storytelling -

Windows Live Photo Gallery -

  • 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 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.

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