Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- Mahatma Ghandi

Welcome to LIFE of Florida!

Our secular and inclusive Florida-wide Informal Education support group acts as a resource center and clearinghouse for homeschoolers, informal learners and alternative educators interested in enriching their learning environments and maximizing their learning opportunities, as well as an advocacy center for Curiosity Driven Learning.

There is no cost to be part of LIFE of Florida -- just join in at our email discussion and announcement list, Florida LIFE, where you can download your membership card -- good for educational discounts throughout FL -- and stay informed and updated on events, issues and resources, and connect with other informal learners throughout the state.

If you're just getting started in homeschooling, be sure to check out our LIFE of Florida Quick Links, our list of Useful Docs, and our enormous collection of resources in the side columns, and visit our Inclusive Homeschool Support Groups page to find a group near you.

If you'd like your regional inclusive support group to be networked with LIFE of Florida, drop us a line with a group description, contact and other relevant information and we'll add you, free of charge, to our directory. All your group members will be automatically considered members of LIFE of Florida, and are entitled to membership cards and all the benefits we offer. Virtual school families are also welcome to enjoy our resources, support and camaraderie.

We're all inclusive and free of charge, and we're here for you!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

LIFE of Florida Pleased to Offer Member Access to Microsoft DreamSpark tools for High School students

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft Corp. announced the expansion of its successful Microsoft DreamSpark student program to include high school students worldwide. DreamSpark, originally available only to university students, makes professional-level developer and designer tools as
well as training available to students at no charge to support and advance their learning and skills through technical design, technology, math, science and engineering activities.

Learning is for Everyone has been approved to participate in this program, and we're happy to offer 200 access keys for LIFE families' high school students. The access key enables students to download professional Microsoft developer, designer, and gaming software through DreamSpark at no charge, to help students" unlock your creative potential and set you on the path to academic and career success by advancing your learning in the areas of technical design, technology, math, science, and engineering! It doesn't matter what classes you're taking right now, just as long as you're a current student in a verified, accredited School and use the tools in pursuit of
advancing your education in one of these areas."

Now LIFE of Florida homeschooled high school students can download the following Microsoft tools from DreamSpark:

* Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition
* Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition
* Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
* Microsoft Expression Studio 1.0
* Microsoft Expression Studio 2 Trial Edition (includes Web, Blend, Media,
and Design)
* Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition
* Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition
* IT Academy Student Pass
* MS CCR & DSS Toolkit

In addition, in the spirit of cool things to download and "one-stop shopping", you can also download software (currently available on at no charge) like:

* SQL Server 2008 Express Edition
* Visual Studio 2008 Express Edition
* XNA Game Studio 2.0 (with 12-month Creators Club Student trial membership)
* Virtual PC 2007
* Visual Basic 2005 Express
* Visual C++ 2005 Express
* Visual C# 2005 Express
* Visual Web Developer 2008 Express
* Visual Basic 2008 Express
* Visual C++2008 Express
* Visual C# 2008 Express
* MS Robotics Developer Studio

LIFE is pleased to offer this great resource to homeschooled high school students in FL.

(You must be a member of LIFE of Florida to enjoy this opportunity, or a member of a Microsoft verified public or private high school.)

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