Free Resources for Students, Teachers, and Start-ups from Microsoft!

It’s like Christmas came early!  None of this is particularly new, but I like to occasionally remind people of all of the free resources out there you may not be taking advantage of right now.  Seriously, there is some great stuff:

DreamSpark is simple: It’s about giving students Microsoft professional tools at no charge.

Microsoft resources for teachers and other educators (lesson plans, templates, free software):

Imagine Cup (premier student technology competition) is the program is was discussing briefly as part of my session, and might be something your daughter would like to participate in.  More information can be found here on how she can join a team as a competitor, as well as how you or anyone you know can serve as a mentor or sponsor to a team:

The Microsoft® BizSpark TM program helps startups succeed with:

  • · Software. Get access to full-featured Microsoft software development tools.
  • · Support. Connect with incubators and investors, and receive, training, technical support and other developer resources.
  • · Visibility. Get marketing exposure to investors, customers, partners and press. 
  • · Start here:


Be sure to share this out with folks you know who may fall into one of the above categories.  And if you don’t (maybe you are an IT professional) there is STILL a ton of great free training and resources out there.  just let me know, I’ll help you find them Smile