Microchip has a new PIC 24F development board for microcontroller beginners. The documentation makes this board stand out. It includes introductory guides to pulse-width modulation, analog-to-digital converters, and other peripherals:
The MX PIC24 Module includes an onboard PIC24FJ256GB110 16-bit microcontroller from Microchip that features 256 KB Flash program memory and 16 KB RAM. The module also includes 32 KB on-chip EEPROM and an onboard debugger/programmer. The MX Educational Target Board accepts any MX module and includes a breadboard area, plus SPI, I2C, RS-232, CAN and JTAG ports, along with four LEDs.