Get Started Guide - Free Tools to Engage Students

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Microsoft offers free tools and technologies to help you motivate and captivate your students. Included in the collection are interactive activities that can inspire students to explore as a group or as individuals for their own personal learning. Motivate. Create. Share.


<ul><li>1.creative Engage your students inways with free toolsWhat an exciting time tobe a teacher. Students aremore aware of the world,eager to embrace new ideasand try new technologies.To help, Microsoft has lotsof free tools to help youengage your students andenergize a lesson plan. FREE TOOLS 1 </li></ul> <p>2. Motivate. Create. Share. Microsoft offers free tools and technologies to help you motivate and captivate your students. Included in the collection are interactive activities that can inspire students to explore as a group or as individuals for their own personal learning. Ask students to gather images from the Web or snap their own photos on a subject. Then create a compelling piece of art with AutoCollage, the free collage-making photo tool from Microsoft. Top 3 reasons to consider 1. Theyre free2. Personal discovery 3. Student and teacher-friendly Today, most every school is facedThese free tools from Microsoft These tools are free and easy to free toolswith budget challenges. Having can help motivate students to download from a Web browser. tools available of this high quality express their creativity or achieve For the most part, they dont and interactivity is a great un- personal success in an area thatrequire special training, so you tapped resource for teachers.truly interests them. From art to can explain or use them quicklymusic to science, these free toolsand engage your class in a pro-have something to offer studentsductive learning nearly every grade. FREE TOOLS 2 3. Engage with multimediaIts a Web surfing, clicking, high definition world we inhabit. So how does a teacher engage todays students?Here are some free tools and suggestions for how to use them for learning.Make your classroom lessons moreHave a PC perform as a virtual telescope.Turn a photo collection into an intriguingmemorable with a movie.3D viewing experience. Windows Live Movie Maker is the fast, easy Created with the Microsoft Visual ExperienceMicrosoft Photosynth lets you take a seriesway to turn photos and video clips into great-Engine, WorldWide Telescope brings togetherof photos and stitch them together. Students canlooking movies and slide shows you can shareimagery from the worlds best ground and explore famous places in the world with cinematicwith your class, on the Web, or on telescopes. Students can use their quality and interactivity. Students can also discoverPC to explore the night sky by seamlessly panningancient cities and contemporary events with aand zooming to distant planets and stars.virtual visual tour.TeacherTeacher TeacherAutoMovie, an innovative feature,TipTipWorldWide Telescope includes TipIntroduce new material by sharinglets you create a polished movieguided, narrated tours packed witha Photosynth on the topic. You cancomplete with transitions and music celestial information. Or create oneeasily search for photo collectionsin about a minute.yourself to bring a science lesson to warp speed.related to what youre teaching. 3 FREE TOOLS 4. Other free multimedia tools Songsmith brings out musical creativity Maps from satellite to streetShare a digital photo story in the classroomChoose a musical style from pop to reggae, singBing Maps can give you a breath-taking, birdsAvailable for Windows XP, this free downloadable into a PC microphone and Songsmith generates eye view of Paris, France or directions to the program has tools to enhance, crop and rotate musical accompaniment to match the singersnearest school supplies store. your digital photos. Create a photo slideshow with voice. The tool is as fun as a karaoke machine, a few simple clicks, and bring a subject to life with but can go further in inspiring student and pictures.TeacherTeacher TeacherTipTake song lyrics and ask otherTipHave your students take a virtualTipMore teachers are using photo students to use Songsmith to trip to the country, city or location thatstorytelling to start their lessons. interpret the song in various musicthey are studying. Let Bing Maps flyHave students create digital slide genres. Discuss how music changes thethem there in seconds. shows using Microsoft Photo Story, instead of emotion of lyrics.dioramas in an old shoebox. 4 FREE TOOLS 5. Collaborate with easeFrom researching to organizing to presenting to grading, a teachers task-filled day keeps you coming back to the computer.Theres little time left to meet and discuss with colleagues or student workgroups. Now, Microsoft has free tools to help withsharing and collaborating, so teachers can feel more connected. Work more efficiently as a groupStore and share files and photos freeOffice Live Workspace is an online tool to collaborate on and contribute to Windows Live SkyDrive offers a generous 25 gigabytes (GB) of free, online a project. Students and/or teachers can share one document or a calendar, and storage. Use it for a workgroup to upload and share documents in one add comments or review ideas from others in the group. The group leader central place, rather than bouncing them around in emails. For personal decides who has access to view or edit the material that is posted. photos and files, store and access them with a password. TeacherTeacherTip Give extra credit to the student Tip You can use Windows Live SkyDrive toworkgroup that takes the initiativeshare photos with students from a classto set up an Office Live or field trip. Its also a smart place toFollow their online collaboration, and applaud their back up your electronic grade books, vital lesson plansproductivity.and teaching materials. 5 FREE TOOLS 6. Free ways to simplify searchFinding a fact to complete a lesson or a scientific paper is equally important to the person doing the searching.Microsoft has free tools to make your Internet searches quicker and more rewarding. Translation, pleaseBing Translator is a helpful tool in our interconnected world. This free tool automatically converts what you have written into the A decision engine for teaching and learning language you need. Translating is as simple as cutting and pasting Students and teachers will find Bing, at, literally pop to mind. For exploring minds, the the text into the area indicated, and an inviting way to search for information they seek home page is an ever-changing presentation clicking translate. on the Internet. Visual Search makes search results of unique content on countless topics. For more information, including a step by step instruction guide and videos, go to: Teacher Tip Point students to the images section of to find pictures that can enliven their papers, photo slide shows, or class projects.6 FREE TOOLS 7. Where to find themThis collection of free tools can be easily downloaded and shared.AutoCollage*: Live Movie Maker: Telescope: worldwidetelescope.orgPhotosynth: photosynth.netSongsmith free trial*: Search and Bing Maps: bing.comPhotostory for Windows XP: Live Workspace: Live SkyDrive: Skydrive.Live.comBing Translator: Or for more information, visit 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. This document is for informational purposes only. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AS TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT. Microsoft, plus Bing Translator, Songsmith, Bing Search, Bing Maps, Windows Live Writer, and Windows Live SkyDrive are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. These materials were created from a US perspective, some software may or may not be available in your market for free. *Join for free to obtain complete free version of AutoCollage and Songsmith (vs. trial). 7 FREE TOOLS </p>