While surfing through Microsoft’s website in the US I came across some interesting tutorials and information for using Microsoft tools and programs in the classroom.
Fostered by Microsoft under its Innovative Educator Program, the Microsoft Teacher Development Community has lots of resources and ready-to-use training materials from US based workshops.
To view these materials you need to have a Windows Live ID; easy enough to set up a Windows LiveID if you haven’t got one already. Once logged in I found four interesting movie files based on four presentations from workshops.
Also of interest was a Word document covering a wide range of tutorials on topics such as MS Office, Movie Maker and Sound Recorder. Later on in the document I found a rich trove of tutorials on using Office Live, Microsoft Zune, Microsoft Virtual Earth and Microsoft Research WorldWide Telescope.
I particularly enjoyed reading through a chapter showing how some of the tutorial files and information from the WorldWide Telescope can be used in Excel to explore functions such as “Average”.
There’s plenty of informative suggestions on engaging learners in the classroom to be found on this site; well worth taking a look at!