DreamSpark is simple, it's all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and design tools at no charge so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology - or just get a head start on your career.
You get free software and free training material.
they have added more ways for you to verify as a student, and also more education institutions. there is even a way to verify by using a .ac.uk email address to make things even more simple!
Server 2008 R2
Visual Studio 2010
SQL Server 2008
and loads more!
Currents methods of student verification:
Email: (requires a .ac.uk email address)
Verified through your school
I'm personally glad they have now included the email verification, the verify through my school option was a pain since my uni signed up for verification through the athens system which I had no idea what my login was and had to go find my uni IT dept to get it for me.