The fourth generation of Microsoft’s Teaching and Learning Resource Kit provides new tools and innovative ways for teachers and students to learn how to use the company’s Office XP product suite.

For teachers, there are both at-home and classroom guides. The kit offers tips and tricks for using Office XP in the classroom, education-specific tutorials, and demonstrations geared toward helping teachers explain the software to students.

In the classroom, this new kit allows students and teachers to explore and evaluate Office with more than 66 templates, including ones for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Also available are sample projects from teachers who already use Office XP successfully as an in-class tool, as well as a newly updated library of education-related clip art with some 2,500 images.

The double-CD set works on both Macintosh and Windows machines. Unlike other Microsoft software, the Teaching and Learning Resource Kit is exempt from copyright restrictions, meaning schools are encouraged to copy these materials to provide training for their entire staff.

This product is free if downloaded from the web. If users prefer hard copies, a two-CD package costs $6.95. Bulk orders of 50 packages are available for $279.95.

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