Within Alberta, all of our schools have access to Microsoft products. What do I recommend for teachers and for students?
In our school division our main email system is Outlook and I share many tips and tricks to administrators and teachers in personalizing this environment. Some examples HERE.
Powerpoint 2010 has a neat trick where I can have my own powerpoint ready, then send participants the link off-site and I can have a Skype conversation while flipping through my presentation in real-time.
And finally, the Partners in Learning section really moves teachers and students to transform the way they create, learn and engage in their environment. Take time to view the http://www.pil-network.com/ that is chalked full of tutorials, discussions, tools to download and learning activities. My favorite place to show teachers is the Tools http://www.pil-network.com/resources/tools with Mouse Mischief, Digital Storytelling Teaching Guide, AutoCollage, Songsmith, Skydrive, Skype and Photosynth just to name a few.
Really, it’s about taking the time to listen to teachers (and students) on what part of the curriculum they are trying to work on, what tasks/activities and assessments are being developed and how can Microsoft products make the learning engaging, relevant and of course, fun!