March, 2011

  • Celebrate Pi Day By Giving Microsoft Math 4.0 A Try

    We know math is a universal need in education...and also a major source of frustration for students. In fact, 73% of parents and 77% of teachers say math is the most difficult homework subject for their students, while only 36 percent of parents say they...
  • Microsoft HiEd Conference in Seattle April 4-6

    Connect and collaborate with your higher education IT professional peers on deep technical topics covering evaluation, deployment, and support of Microsoft technologies. The 7th Windows HiEd Conference is coordinated and developed in conjunction with...
  • IM an Expert Lync bot available for download and other Lync customization examples

    What is a Lync query response bot? A Lync query response bot is custom developed automation component accessible via IM where end users can query via IM for information against various databases, Internet like Bing, or even connect you with other live...
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Welcomes in the Consumerization of IT

    Embrace Consumerization! Embrace Consumer Choice! Embrace Device-agnosticism! It's a new day with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 in your arsenal! No related posts. ...read more
  • Guest Blog: Library Story Times Help Kid's Learning

    Story time at your local public library is a marvelous learning opportunity for children and it’s a great place for parents, grandparent and other care providers to see kids getting a start on their education. At a typical story time, families...
  • Sort and filter grade book data using Excel tables (video)

    If you find yourself banging your head on your desk when it comes time to sort and filter student data in your grade book, Excel tables can make your life less stressful. Tables let you sort test scores (for example, from lowest to highest), calculate...
  • Keep your name from looking like a spelling mistake (video)

    Does your name appear as a spelling mistake in Word? You're not alone. As part of our Call-to-Action campaign , I recently asked our Microsoft Student Facebook friends to share their Word pet peeves. And this pet peeve was top of the list. Luckily...
  • Unified Communications User Groups in Portland and Boise

    What’s Your Unified Communications Strategy? Come to hear other’s strategies as well! Register for April 6th in Boise Idaho at Microsoft Office 401 West Front Street, Suite 400 Register for April...
  • Windows MultiPoint Server 2011

    Just a quick update on Microsoft MultiPoint Server 2011 - this product is geared towards K-12 classrooms but something everyone should be aware of. Buying more computers to provide additional students with access to technology is not the only expense...
  • Learning About Science, Math and Technology...All Fun and Games?

    While normally leery about promoting opportunities for kids to play computer games, I think I have found the exception. Meet Kodu , a free new tool that lets kids from the ages of 8 and up build their own video games. There are a lot of real-world skills...
  • March Microsoft Tech Student of the Month – Kenneth Harding

    It’s come time again to acknowledge the newest Microsoft Tech Student of the Month! For the month of March we have selected Kenneth Harding, a 20 year old Information Systems student at the Fisher College of Business of Ohio State University . Kenneth is a web development master and loves making video games. He has already released an Xbox Live Indie Game and is in the process of starting a game studio with his friends. Kenneth began programming when he was 8 years old after his father, a Visual Basic 6.0 programmer, showed him how to create a Lucky Seven Slot Machine application . After...
  • Celebrate pi with pie! (video)

    Today's blog post is brought to you by Tami Amador. Tami is our resident math writer and overall Renaissance woman. Today is Pi Day! That's π, as in the ratio between the circumference of a circle and its diameter, better known as the mathematical...
  • Good Education Decisions That Start with “Once Upon a Time”

    I am in a somewhat unique situation with two kids in college and two kids in preschool/kindergarten. This large age gap sometimes makes us feel like we are raising two separate families and my husband and I joke that the good news here is we can correct...
  • Lync Server Standard CAL is being added to Core CAL suite

    This is good news that you can be licensed for Lync IM and Presence via new Core CAL suite coming August 2011.  See the upcoming CORE CAL here: *Suite components currently planned for August 2011, and would be available with active Software Assurance...
  • Windows Intune Keeps PCs Humming

    Small schools have a new way to use Cloud Power to manage their mobile PCs with the launch of Windows Intune. Windows Intune moves PC client management from the institution to Microsoft’s cloud datacenters. This has the effect of reducing costs for managing...
  • Support for Accessibility

    The topic of accessibility has come up in discussion with a number of Live@edu customers in the US recently, who want to understand support for it in Microsoft software. At Microsoft we’re committed to accessibility and have been investing for more than...
  • 1 satisfied mom: How Office for Mac saved the day!

    Today’s blog post is brought to you by Armelle O’Neal. Armelle manages the Office for Mac and Office Mobile writing teams, supports her oldest son's competitive racing schedule, and runs every morning. To say the least, she's one busy lady...
  • Guest Blog: Library Story Times Help Kid's Learning

    Story time at your local public library is a marvelous learning opportunity for children and it’s a great place for parents, grandparent and other care providers to see kids getting a start on their education. At a typical story time, families...
  • streaming video with Lync

      OK. This doesn’t happen out-of-box. You can share a video on a desktop screen but we all now how that looks when we are doing an RDP session. Chris Norman’s blog outlined how to do this with two products where the video used in the session is not...
  • Where is the Lync end user training material?

    I get asked this question from several of my education customers who are in the process of deploying Lync or are piloting Lync.  I found some nice resources to help here:   Lync 2010 Quick Start Guides The Lync quick start guides has eight different...