April, 2011

  • FREE PLAY–Interrobang–it pays to play!

    Eveyone always asks what is InterroBang?! – Well, the definition from Bing defines it as a punctuation mark in the form of a question mark over the top of an exclamation point. But it’s more than that, as  our guest blogger Allyson Knox from Microsoft...
  • 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum - Round One - Finalists Announced!

    We are very excited to see the first round of finalists for our premier teacher recognition program the Partners in Learning U.S. Innovative Education Forum! There is some amazing work being done in classrooms around the country and it is inspiring to...
  • Arizona State University Students Win Top U.S. Spot at Imagine Cup, the “World Championships of Technology,” With Assistive Note-Taking Solution

    Students from Arizona State University took the top prize today in the U.S. finals of the Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition, with their project that enables low-vision students to take notes in class with the assistance of a custom-designed, portable camera, a touch-screen Tablet PC, and Microsoft OneNote. Michael Astrauskas, David Hayden, Shashank Srinivas and Qian Yan from Team Note-Taker will represent the U.S. at the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals in New York City this summer, competing against student teams from more than 70 countries and regions around...
  • Ribbon Hero Reset - UNSUPPORTED UNSUPPORTED - but hey it works!

    So, I just got back from New York and LA doig our Microsoft Innovative Educator training with over 60 educators in 3 cities and one question came up a couple of times. How do you reset the score in Ribbon Hero? Of course one would ask why reset the score...
  • Tablet PC and OneNote — Inspiring new pedagogy

    Patrick Harless, an algebra and geometry teacher at Fay School in Southborough, Massachusetts, uses the inking capability of a Tablet PC and Microsoft OneNote to work through math concepts with his students. In an issue of Mathematics Teacher, a monthly...
  • April Tech Student(s) of the Month: Jake and Sam

    April has been an event filled month for the Tech Student community and especially so for our Windows Phone app developers! In accordance with all the buzz around Windows Phone 7, we have named a team of two successful student WP7 app developers, Jake Poznanski and Sam Kaufmann, as the Tech Student(s) of the month! Jake and Sam are currently seniors studying computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. They have been recognized by Microsoft for their effective use of the Windows Phone 7 Advertisement SDK in their apps. They are also the subjects of a Microsoft conducted case study outlining...
  • Can Lync IM federate with Google Talk or Jabber instant messaging?

    This was asked by a few universities. The answer is yes using our Microsoft XMPP gateway.   Where do I grab the XMPP gateway? It is free here and there is also an updated fix to the XMPP gateway here . Some more XMPP config information here . It...
  • How do you schedule Lync meetings without Outlook?

    You couldn’t until today. Now you can grab the Lync Server 2010 Web Scheduler. Here is what the Lync Web Scheduler can do: Scheduling a new online Lync meeting. Listing all existing Lync Server 2010 meetings that the user has organized. Viewing and modifying...
  • When's a good time to use Office Web Apps?

    I recently asked a group of students about how and when they use Office Web Apps. Based on their feedback, I've got some advice on how they can help you. Read the full post to find out when others are using Office Web Apps to get ahead in school. ...
  • Are there specific PBX or SIP gateway configuration technotes for Exchange 2010 UM?

    A university moving away from Modular Messaging to Exchange 2010 UM wanted to know.  Yes, the Exchange team has posted all of the Exchange 2010 UM validated PBXes and SIP gateways config notes here . These technotes have detailed config information...
  • Bing Wants To Know....

    How do you use the Bing homepage to help kids learn? We’ve received feedback from teachers, parents and homeschooling groups telling us about the creative ways that they incorporate the Bing homepage into their daily lesson plans. Which led us to...
  • Microsoft U.S. Innovative Education Forum

    The Innovative Education Forum (IEF) is part of a worldwide program from Microsoft Partners in Learning. The program recognizes innovative educators and schools implementing 21-century skills in the classroom and the school community with the goal of...
  • OK So I have multiple Datacenters and I want Site Resiliency

      A common question for multi-datacenter deployments is how can we configure a DAG where failure will enable a DAG member locally vs. the other datacenter. This requires DAC mode. DAC or Datacenter Activation Mode is a property of the DAG that can...
  • 2011 U.S. Innnovative Education Forum Finalists Are In! (Updated)

    This year’s first round of 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum Finalists are a diverse group of talented educators. These educator have put forth their innovative classroom strategies for engaging students with relevance, rigor, and remixing education...
  • Upcoming Public Sector Development Events

    Microsoft is recording presentations from the Microsoft Public Sector Developer Roadshow and other events. Be sure to check out Visual Studio Team System and the rest of the 2010 Wave! 5/12/11 14:00-15:00 EDT Webcast...
  • Imagine Cup U.S. Finals Event Kicks Off in Redmond

    Students from across the U.S. converged on the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, today for the start of the Imagine Cup 2011 U.S. Finals event. Tomorrow morning, all 22 finalist teams will have their chance to present their projects to the Imagine Cup judges in hopes of moving on to the Worldwide Finals in New York City. Judges will be looking for the students to showcase creative new ways to use technology to solve the world’s toughest problems. Hear from Steve Clayton, a judge at the Imagine Cup U.S. event this weekend, on what he’s looking for from the high school...
  • Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium Models the Way Forward

    Maryland’s education system is are already, and arguably, the best in the nation, according the 2011 Quality Counts Annual Report. I love the fact that Marylanders do not rest on their laurels. They continue to raise the bar for the nation and the rest...
  • What do your flight number and taxi ride home have in common?

    Today's post about a creative use of Access 2010 is by Abhay Parekh, who's in his last year of studies in engineering at the University of Mumbai in India. Abhay also teaches lower-level students how to create and use Microsoft Access databases. For...
  • Bing Maps helping solve the world’s toughest problems – seriously!

    Whether it’s tracking the location of a bus so that, especially if you’re visually impaired, you know when your bus is coming; helping friends and family know where you are so that you can be rescued in the event of a disaster or even providing...
  • Opinions Are Like Gold…and Everybody Wants Yours

    If you have bought anything online in the last five years, you have likely noticed the flurry of post-purchase emails that you received requesting your review or comment of the product, service, representative, or the company where you bought. Just a...
  • Exchange 2010 SP1 Unified Messaging

    As discussed with a lot of my customers Exchange UM no longer uses System Center (SCOM). Exchange 2010 with SP1 now has built-in reporting. Call Data Records (CDR) are generated after each call. The server collects audio quality metrics with the same...
  • Lync and SQL 2008 R2–Now Supported

      The Lync Server product team has completed testing of Lync Server 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2. The product now fully supports SQL Server 2008 R2 on all Lync Server monitoring, archiving, and front-end server databases. At this time, SQL Server...
  • What Do You Want To Know?

    Ever had the feeling that people were talking about you? Well, you were right and it’s all good, we promise. Many of you have joined us from various education-related initiatives like Our School Needs or Teacher Appreciation . Many more have...
  • Is there additional end user training for Lync available?

    Yes, Bill found some additional end user self paced training for Lync. Here is the course agenda: Getting Started with Lync 2010 Introduction Exploring Lync 2010 Adding Contacts Collaborate with Contacts Transfer and Forward Calls Customizing Lync 2010...
  • Microsoft and Toyota Herald the Next-Generation of the Driving Experience

    The era of the shade tree mechanic is over—unless, your mechanic can write code in .Net languages or Java. What happens when the world's most succesful automaker and Microsoft re-invent the driving experience? Find out after the break... Related posts...