Microsoft Teaching Tools

Here are a few offerings from Microsoft that may help teachers in the classroom.

Kodu Games Lab – Teach your students programming by letting them have fun creating and playing their own games. Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. The programming environment runs on the Xbox 360, allowing rapid design iteration using only a game controller for input.

http://www.kodugamelab.com/

Maths Worksheet Generator – Need a faster way to create math practice problem worksheets for your students? Microsoft’s Math Worksheet Generator is your answer. It creates multiple math practice problems, from basic math to algebra, in seconds. You provide a sample math problem and the Math Worksheet Generator does the rest. It even gives you an answer sheet!

http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/C/F/9CF1E498-775C-493E-94FE-5FA403AECECA/MathWGSetup.msi

Songsmith – Spark your students’ creativity, engage their interest, and improve learning outcomes by creating and sharing music in the classroom with Songsmith. Songsmith automatically generates musical accompaniment for anyone’s voice and can help you teach music, math, and many other subjects in innovative new ways. Sometimes helping kids “find their spark” is the hardest part of stimulating learning; Songsmith is a great way to encourage creativity.

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/songsmith/

Photosynth – Encourage creative learning in your classroom by using interactive 3D technology to tell personal stories and explore places, events, and activities. Microsoft Photosynth lets anyone reconstruct a 3D experience from flat photographs and offers both detailed synths and panorama experiences. With a synth, you take numerous pictures of a single item from different angles to create a 3D reality experience.

http://photosynth.net/

Movie Maker – The sights, sounds and action of a movie are a great way grab your students’ attention and bring subjects to life. But who has time to teach and make movie magic? You do – with Windows Movie Maker. In just minutes, you can turn photos and video clips on any subject into interesting movies with special effects, sounds, and captions. Then share them with your class, on the Web, or DVDs so everyone can enjoy

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-live/movie-maker#t1=overview

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