As I've traveled around to smaller four-year schools, community colleges and precollege schools, faculty are always amazed at some of the simplest aspects of Mathematica. The fact that you can have Mathematica "look" like math consistently now and now have point-and-click palettes available make getting started with it easier than ever before. Are there specific features or functional questions that you have if you're just getting started?
Here's a screencast specifically for Faculty Program members that highlights the new point-and click functionality: http://www.wolfram.com/broadcast/screen ... tandclick/.
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