Microsoft has many free tools that teachers can make use of in the classroom besides the regular MS Office suite of applications.  In this class, learn how to use: OneNote, a digital notebook that lets you store all your valuable class or project knowledge in one place; Auto Collage, a free tool that will automatically create beautiful collages from images you have stored on your computer; Flashcards, an application that lets you create, share and study flashcards online;  WorldWide Telescope, a free tool that lets you take detailed 3D tours of the night sky right from your classroom; Math Worksheet Generator,a tool that helps you create multiple math practice problems in seconds; and Mathematics 4.0,a powerful computer algebra system with a step-by-step equation solver.


Learn the basics of creating a spreadsheet, making a chart from your data, formatting a spreadsheet and printing all or parts of it during the first half of the class. Then, find out how to design spreadsheet assignments for your students that require them to enter data, apply formulas, and graph and chart their data, such as graphing probability from coin tosses. This technology tool is great for teaching about the different types of charts and graphs and how data can be manipulated to look one way or another. Walk away with great lesson ideas that use spreadsheets to teach complex mathematical concepts in motivating and fun ways!

Learn everything from the basics to the more advanced features that make PowerPoint a great tool for student learning. You will have the opportunity to create your own PowerPoint presentation for use in the classroom to introduce or clarify a lesson. Learn how to create photo albums, adventure stories, and Jeopardy games. During the second half of the class, learn how to design student PowerPoint assignments that require higher order thinking skills, such as a poetry analysis presentation, and examine assessment methods that will help you grade these student assignments. Walk away with your own presentation and ideas for integrating PowerPoint into your classroom!

MS Word is a powerful word processing program that helps teachers create lessons, tests and letters. Students can use it for creative writing, basic reports or research papers. Learn the basics along with more advanced features such as inserting graphics, clip art, and spreadsheets, transforming text to html, and word art. Participants will plan a lesson activity incorporating the use of Word such as having students create bookmarks that persuade readers to read the book. Learn how to help students create newsletters and brochures, and how you can create easy to use worksheets with imbedded hyperlinks that can help support your students as they create their own projects.