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Download free PowerPoint templates, backgrounds and videos. You'll also find great links to online reference and research tools. There are special resources just for teachers, traveling presenters, ministers and business people.

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Free Alternative Software – Free and Good

OpenOffice is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite. An open-source project, it is compatible with all other major office suites. The product is free to download, use, and distribute. Get OpenOffice as a download or on CD.
A collection of five tools, OpenOffice includes Writer, Impress, Math, Draw, Calc and Base components. The interface will look familiar to MS Office users. This suite was designed as one complete office package. Opens and saves in Office compatible formats. This free software could really help with your classroom budget.

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. Go here and check out the screenshots and features – then download and install.

Keep Art in your Classroom – Resources for Visuals and Art

Art project ideas and techniques for students up to grade 12. Crayola provides great school resources, and not just for art teachers. An amazing array of lesson plans and other useful content. Some of the content does require (free) registration.

Free art project ideas for your classroom abound at Art Teacher on the Net. Photos and step by step instructions for projects.

Great ideas for using digital cameras in the classroom.  Check out the resources and inspiration as well as lesson plans from Kodak.

Specifically Science – Focus on the Future

ENC The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education is a K-12 math and science teacher center funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Science Friday is a great resource for science teachers. This site covers all the latest topics and news in science from the NPR radio show.

Nova Science in the News From the Australian Academy of Science, this site covers areas from the environment to technology to physical sciences. Some interesting topics and perspectives.

Fun Science Gallery Instructions showing you how to build scientific equipments from relatively cheap materials. Projects include instructions for making telescopes, microscopes, batteries, sidereal indicators, and several other instruments. This site is designed to motivate children to engage in science.

Write It Better with these Writing Tools

A great presentation needs professional and correct writing style, grammar, word usage and spelling.  Need some help? Check out these sites.

An easy to use and comprehensive site when you need help with grammar, punctuation, sentence mechanics, and writing.  The Guide to Grammar and Writing.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus Online for word help.

Add some famous or not so famous quotes to your presentation. Check out The Quotations Home Page or try the Quote Garden.

Free Church Stuff

Stuff I Can Use. A free collection of materials produced mostly for the student and college/young adult ministries at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. They made stuff for their programs and then it was sitting on someone‘s computer doing nothing. They adopted an open source philosophy and decided to give away free slides, music, and other resources to churches.

Groups of Interest

Kidlink is a global, non-commercial organization whose main focus is to “…empower kids and youth with free educational programs to help them mature, get better control over their lives, encourage creativity, create social networks, and collaborate with peers around the world, individually or through their classrooms”.

Government Resources You Can Use

C-SPAN in the classroom. Excellent resources, especially good coverage of government, elections, civics, history. Worksheets, video, audio and activities.

The Smithsonian education section includes lesson plans, professional development information, and links to all of the Smithsonian museum websites.

Powerful PowerPoint and Microsoft Resources for Teachers

Free 8 unit tutorial for K-12 teachers using PowerPoint.

Links to other free presentation software and tutorials.
Microsoft offers specific resources for educators. Find a range of free educational resources, grant and scholarship information, lesson plans and more.