Microsoft Heightens Commitment to Education, Delivers New Products to Motivate Students and Empower Teachers

Posted by bink on July 6 2006, 7:15 PM. Posted in Encarta.

Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2007 and Learning Essentials 1.5 enhance teaching and learning environment to help students reach their academic potential.

Microsoft Corp. today reaffirmed its commitment to helping schools break through challenges in teaching and learning by unveiling new versions of Microsoft® Student with Encarta® Premium 2007 and Learning Essentials for Microsoft Office 1.5 today at the annual National Educational Computing Conference. A large majority of today’s teachers (91 percent) believe that technology positively affects their students’ performance.1 These latest offerings from Microsoft help create a learning environment where teachers are inspired and students are engaged.

Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2007 is a software package of integrated tools and trusted content to help middle-school, high-school and entry-level college students create and complete top-quality assignments that can lead to academic confidence and success. With Learning Essentials for Microsoft Office 1.5, teachers can now use Microsoft Office applications to easily create interactive e-learning resources for use with standards-compliant learning management systems.

“Microsoft is committed to helping students realize their full potential by enhancing the academic environment,” said Craig Bartholomew, general manager of the Education Products Group at Microsoft. “We accomplish this by collaborating closely with educators, administrators and students to understand their evolving challenges, and then delivering technology such as Microsoft Student and Learning Essentials to address these unique needs.”

Microsoft Student With Encarta Premium 2007

Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2007 provides comprehensive resources to help with homework in math, science, language arts, foreign language study and social studies. Microsoft Student helps students complete assignments while providing teachers with a compelling tool to motivate students to enjoy learning. Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium provides the following features:

Encarta Premium 2007. The No. 1 best-selling multimedia encyclopedia brand, equipping students with trusted information2

Microsoft Math. A centralized resource to help students with what is often their most difficult subject that includes innovative Graphing Calculator software and step-by-step assistance on equations ranging from pre-algebra through calculus and sciences

Learning Essentials for Students. Curriculum-based templates and tutorials to move students beyond the blank page

Students using the 2006 edition of the product report they have seen improvements in their academic performance. “Microsoft Student has been an awesome tool for my homework,” said eighth-grade student Jason Orchant. “Not only have my grades improved, but I don’t shudder at the thought of reports and big projects because I have these resources at my disposal.”

Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2007 is scheduled for retail availability today for an estimated retail price of $69.95 (U.S.)3 with a $20 mail-in rebate. Microsoft Student with Encarta Premium 2007 is available at low academic pricing for educational institutions through Microsoft Academic Volume Licensing programs. Through the Student Select program, participating educational institutions can pass along their low volume-licensing price for Microsoft Student to their students.

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