Free Microsoft Resources for Students, Teachers, Administrators & Parents

 
FREE RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS  
Learning Essentials is a free add-in for schools, transforms familiar applications into customized tools for teaching and learning. Curriculum-based toolbars, templates, project assistance, and tutorials from leading publishers help students and teachers to do their best work. (Supporting Software: Content Development Kit (CDK))
 
Student Templates (College Application Tools, Papers, Reports, and Presentations, Schedules and Planners  & Study Aids)   
 
Lego Mindstorms SDK – Microsoft & Lego links from the Road to Know Where.
 
FREE RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS & ADMINISTRATORS 
Collage is a presentation tool designed to support classroom instruction in K-12 classrooms. The tool is essentially an advanced media viewer that facilitates display of digitized textbook materials and multimedia while also providing simple yet powerful ways to interact with such content. Collage has been developed at Microsoft Research India and has been tested in four schools in rural and semi-urban India.
 
Everyday Productivity Education (EPE) guide helps you pick the best tools for the job and show you how to use them effectively. Content includes Best Practices, Getting Started, Learn More, Selection, and Reference guides.
 
How to ArticlesLearn how to use Microsoft software in the classroom with tips and tricks to get you started quickly.
 
Interactive Classroom enhances classroom presentations by increasing student participation, helping teachers assess student comprehension, and enabling students to personalize the information presented.
 
Learning Essentials is a free add-in for schools, transforms familiar applications into customized tools for teaching and learning. Curriculum-based toolbars, templates, project assistance, and tutorials from leading publishers help students and teachers to do their best work. (Supporting Software: Content Development Kit (CDK))
 
Lesson Plans (Arts, Behavioral & Social Studies, Economics. History, Language Arts, Mathematics, & Science)
 

Mouse Mischief allows teachers to work with Microsoft Office PowerPoint to make interactive presentations. With Mouse Mischief, teachers can add multiple choice questions to their presentations, and large groups of students can answer the questions using mice connected to the teachers PC.

 

Shared Computer Toolkit is software designed for schools, libraries, Internet and gaming cafés, community centers, and other locations where are "shared" computer is used.
 
SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Teacher Starter Kit for Visual Basic or C#. These Teacher Starter Kits are functional applications for teachers or other professional instructors to use for managing one or more classes. [Built using SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and Visual Studio Express or Visual C# Express, the Teacher Starter Kits arerich client applications for keeping track of students, course rosters, and assessments or grades.]
 
Survey Manager Sample Applications for SQL Server 2005 Express Edition and Visual Basic is a rich client and web application for managing a database of teachers, students, classes, and surveys.  
 
MICROSOFT OFFICE TEMPLATES 
TutorialsLearn how to use and integrate Microsoft software in the classroom with in-depth step-by-step tutorial guides for students, teachers, and staff.
 
Virtual Classroom ToursTeachers learn best from other teachers. Virtual Classroom Tours offer the resources to lead students through creative, constructivist, technology-rich projects for all grade levels and subject areas. (Support Document: The Virtual Classroom Tour Template) 
Work Essentials (Tools, Resources & Training): 
 
Office 2003 System Solutions
 
    • Increasing Student Achievement and Sharing Instructional Best Practices Using the Microsoft Office System – Under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, states have implemented measurements for determining whether their schools and local educational agencies are making adequate yearly progress in student achievement. Unfortunately, school districts are struggling to meet these requirements. A student achievement solution based on the Microsoft Office System enables teachers to collaborate with students in new ways, empowers students to track their progress by providing access to information on their achievements, and helps school districts meet NCLB requirements. (Student Achievement Interactive Demo)
    • K-12 Classroom Collaboration for Students, Teachers, and Parents Using the Microsoft Office System – Teachers are under increasing pressure to improve student performance while engaging parents and making activities within the classroom transparent. Unfortunately, school districts are struggling with swelling student-to-teacher ratios, disengaged parents, and increased performance reporting requirements. A K-12 classroom collaboration for students, teachers, and parents solution based on the Microsoft Office System enables teachers to give parents access to curriculum and assignments, enables peer-to-peer collaboration with teacher and parent involvement, and helps parents engage in the educational process within and outside of the classroom. (K-12 Classroom Collaboration Interactive Demo) 
 
ROAD TO KNOW WHERE’S PARENTS GUIDE TO: 
 
 
FREE MICROSOFT TRAINING FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS & TEACHERS:
 

Sesame Script teaches the very basics of Windows scripting for system administration automation.

 
    • SQL Server 2005 Express Edition Absolute Beginners Video Code Samples are code samples containing the sample database My Company, to complement video 5 in the SQL Server Express Absolute Beginner Video Series, Manipulating Database Data (40 minutes 20 seconds)
    • Microsoft Flashcards – a Silverlight web application where you can create, share, and study online flashcards.  Find a deck in the community, or create your own.  Decks can have up to 300 cards, and each card can have any combination of text, image, and sound on the front and the back. Flashcards offers a unique learning experience that you don’t get with traditional flashcards.  Cards that you have never studied before are introduced at a rate that is customized for you. (Example:
      Teach French Words Fruits")
 
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BLAKE is a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20 years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE was also a Personal Technology Coach for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side. BLAKE now works full-time for a major media company.
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