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Microsoft Education Links and Information

There is a wealth of information for student on the Microsoft Education site. Its well worth having a look. However I have summarised some of the main offers below. I have pretty much copied their site content word for word for speed.

Become a Microsoft Student Partner

What is the Microsoft Student Partner Programme?

What is the Microsoft Student Partner Programme?
The Microsoft Student Partners are part of a one year programme which is designed to help students get the most out of Microsoft tools and technologies.

What happens on the programme?
MSPs will work in partnership with Microsoft to reach out to technical students across the UK – helping at Microsoft events, running events on campus for students to attend, or contributing to the blogosphere or twitter chatter about the coolest technologies around.

Find out more at: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/education/students/learning/microsoft-student-partners.aspx

IT Academy Pass
Extra Qualifications for Free
The Microsoft IT Academy Student Pass is a special free online learning opportunity for students. IT Academy Student Pass provides free e-learning courses to verified students who are interested in extending their technical skills with Microsoft technologies.

The IT Academy Student Pass offers 12 to 22 hours of free e-learning courses, aligned to the first set of topics you need to master for the first Microsoft certification exam within the track.

The goal of the IT Academy Student Pass is to give you a head start by providing hours and hours of rich, award-winning e-learning content that sets the stage for the learning to come.

Find out more at https://www.dreamspark.com/Learning/freetraining.aspx

Want Professional Developer Software for Free?
Want Professional Developer Software for Free?

Microsoft Dreamspark is simple: it provides university and college students with access to professional developer, creative and gaming software all for free.

Software includes:

  • Visual Studio professional 2008
  • SQL Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2003
  • XNA Game Studio
  • Robotics developer studio
  • CCR & DSS toolkits

These products are all available to easily download to unlock your creative potential and advance your learning in your chosen area. It doesn’t matter what subject you are studying at college or University any student can download free from Dreamspark.

How do I download the software?
Go to www.DreamSpark.com sign in with your Windows Live ID, then verify your student status and start downloading – it’s that simple. You can verify your student status using your .ac.uk student email address or your Athens ID.

Training opportunities from DreamSpark
You can also find out more about free training opportunities for technical students at DreamSpark, such as the IT academy pass which gives free e-learning courses to verified students who are interested in extending their technical skills with Microsoft technologies. You can also gain Microsoft Certified exams which means you can stand out in your field with a set of qualifications that demonstrate your technical skills and commitment to staying current with the very latest and most relevant technology.

Helping you Make the Most of your Studies
MSDN AA is a great way for you to access all of the software you might need throughout your studies. If your university has a subscription you can simply download all the relevant software (including Windows 7) you need simply and easily. Why not take a look if your university has a MSDN AA subscription here ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/academic/dd861349 ). And start downloading great software today.

Note: For RGU School of Comouting students you can shortcut this direct to to our MSDNAA site at http://msdn62.e-academy.com/msdnaa_ab8483 If you wish to get a login on the ELMS server then please come along to C13/C14 with your matriculation card and speak to the systems Administrators about setting up an account. Once you have this ID you can simply log into the System using your username and password and start browsing/ordering the software available to you.

Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011
Try Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011, which is free and brilliant. It helps you to co-ordinate images and music, and turn it into an impressive slideshow, with special effects, narration, titles, captions, and then publish them for viewing on a computer or TV.

Start using Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 for free from here

Learning Essentials
A free add-on for Office, that contains a set of tools to help teachers and students. Things like curriculum templates, and toolbars for Word, PowerPoint and Excel to help students and teachers get started on projects and stay organised during them. Students get tools, templates and tutorials to help them get past “Blank Page Syndrome”, language tools and templates, and tips and tutorials for managing projects and producing high-quality work.

Visit Microsoft Learning Essentials

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