Free internet based services and other tools from Microsoft.

I got asked for a list of what we can offer for free recently… of course Live@edu topped the list 🙂 there was a lot more however.  My thanks to Scott Thompson from MS for helping me pull this together.  You can download a word document of this content here.

Live@edu – a complete solution from Microsoft for your school’s email and collaboration needs for students:

Name

Description

URL

Live@edu

A free co-branded service offering student email (Outlook Live) and a range of collaborative online services.

http://get.liveatedu.com

Internet based services that you can access through your browser:

Name

Description

URL

Office Live Workspace

Online storage and sharing for teachers:

· Allow students anywhere, anytime to access class information

· Store course material, assignments, and class notes, and distribute them instantly

· Manage schedules, due dates, and calendars in one place

· Save money (and trees) by printing fewer documents

http://workspace.officelive.com/en-us/online-storage-teachers

SkyDrive

25GB of online storage – your USB stick in the cloud. Access your files from anywhere.

http://skydrive.live.com

Live Groups

Create social or class groups for sharing, discussion and collaboration, features include:

· Discussions

· Calendar

· Group SkyDrive for file and photo sharing

http://groups.live.com

PhotoSynth

Stitch photos together into an interactive and immersive panorama. Capabilities include:

· Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle

· Zoom in or out of a photo

· See where pictures were taken in relation to one another

· Smoothly change viewing angle between nearby photos

· Smoothly zoom in and out of high-resolution photos

· Find similar photos to the one you’re currently viewing

· Send pictures

http://www.photosynth.net

Microsoft Translator

Language translation tool that can translate text excerpts or complete web pages into a range of languages.

http://www.microsofttranslator.com

Live Spaces

Blogging and social networking platform. Teachers can use this to maintain a blog for their class. Students can use this to blog on academic activities, or to build themselves an ePortfolio of their work.

http://spaces.live.com

Worldwide Telescope

Explore the galaxies interactively in schools lessons.

http://worldwidetelescope.org/

SilverLight

A video streaming service offering 10GB of storage.

http://silverlight.live.com/

PC utilities that can integrate with online services:

Name

Description

URL

Windows Live Photo Gallery

A photo management application that has a range of editing and tagging tools. The tool can also be configured to upload photos to a range of online photo galleries.

http://download.live.com/photogallery

Windows Live Movie Maker

Video editing software that can be used to produce a wide variety of end products.

http://download.live.com/moviemaker

Search Together

An experimental add-in for Internet Explorer that allows users to search collaboratively on topics.

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/searchtogether/index.html

Widows Live Writer

A tool that allows a user to create rich blog posts on their blog platform of choice. Works with Windows Live Spaces, and more.

http://download.live.com/writer

Other useful free tools:

Name

Description

URL

Zoomit

Useful tool that can zoom in and out of portions of your screen when used with a data projector.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897434.aspx

Community Clips

Record your desktop screen, with audio, and produce a wmv file of the end result that can be published to the web, emailed, or otherwise.

http://communityclips.officelabs.com/download.aspx

PPTPlex

Works in conjunction with PowerPoint and allows users to give more of a free-form presentation as opposed to the ‘normal’ sequential presentation.

http://www.officelabs.com/projects/pptPlex/Pages/default.aspx

Sticky Sorter

Support virtual collaboration in managing your next class brainstorm session.

http://www.officelabs.com/projects/stickysorter/Pages/default.aspx

Image Composite Editor

An advanced panoramic image stitcher. The application takes a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location and creates a high-resolution panorama incorporating all the source images at full resolution.

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/groups/ivm/ICE/

Microsoft Math: Word 2007 Add-in

Makes it easy to create graphs, perform calculations, and solve for variables with equations created in Word.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=030FAE9C-704F-48CA-971D-56241AEFC764&displaylang=en

Teacher Resources:

Name

Description

URL

Teacher Toolbox

A load of free resources that a teacher can use in the classroom. Lesson plans, templates, clipart, media, and more

http://www.microsoft.com/learningspace/TeachersToolbox.aspx

Innovative Teachers Network

An online community for teachers containing:

· Discussion fora on various topics

· Virtual Classroom Tours

· Professional Development

· Career mentoring for kids

· Peer Coaching tools

· Lesson plans and artifacts

http://innovativeteachers.com

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2 Responses to Free internet based services and other tools from Microsoft.

  1. Sally says:

    It\’s not Microsoft but it\’s a very useful translation tool MyMemory http://mymemory.translated.net/

  2. AGHOGHO says:

    Good Information. I hope people start using this tools. I will be on a Conference next Week. Hope to pass some information to them. Thanks

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