June, 2011

  • 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum – Round Two - Finalists Announced!

    Today, we are excited and humbled by the many applications we received for the 2011 U.S. Partners in Learning Innovative Education Forum (IEF). Below are the finalists selected in Round 2 for this year’s forum that will be hosted on Microsoft’s...
  • Helping teens figure out how to compete in a competitive job market

    This post could apply beyond teens as it really is about: how does someone put their best foot forward when looking for a job in highly competitive marketplace. Given the economic environment we’ve seen in the past few years this certainly is a...
  • Making access to technology a reality via Shape the Future

    One of the initiatives I'm most proud of is the work we do around Shape the Future . It's really all about making access to technology a right and not a privilege for every student on the planet. And increasingly this is a priority for governments and...
  • Update from the road...Education in Greece, France and Sweden

    A quick update from on the road… I've been traveling a lot recently to both help Microsoft plan for our upcoming fiscal year, as well as meeting with customers as the school year winds down in parts of the world. I just had a very interesting...
  • Home Grown Computer Camp

    Michael Scherotter who works for Microsoft decided to run a computer programming day camp in his home for his 9 year old son and 9 of his friends. Taking  on teaching programming to 10-year olds may not be for everyone but from the sound of Michael...
  • More fun and learning with Ribbon Hero 2

    One of my favorite things that Microsoft has created is Ribbon Hero . This free download and tool provides a game-like environment for students and teachers, and really anyone, to get more comfortable with the features and resources within Microsoft Office…and...
  • Microsoft Cloud Services and Accessibility

    "Our vision is to create innovative technology that is accessible to everyone and that adapts to each person's needs. Accessible technology eliminates barriers for people with disabilities and it enables individuals to take full advantage of their capabilities...
  • Invite your students "in" to your lectures

    This post about teachers sharing their presentations with students using Broadcast Slide Show in PowerPoint 2010 was written by Joy Miller. Nowadays, students bring their laptops, smartphones, and iPads into the classroom to take notes, research online...
  • Acer + OneNote=Webcast for Educators

    Note taking: The 21st Century way – that sounds like a good title for a book. Sorry I digress. We’re always asked by many people “what are the most impactful Microsoft tools for the classroom” and inevitably, OneNote comes up, usually first, but definitely...
  • More Than Just The Box

    Today has been a busy day at ISTE 2011 for me. I did some time at the booth and then went to a couple of sessions. Pat Yongpradit talked about what he is doing with XNA in his school. He’s seeing some great involvement from and retention of young women...
  • Avoiding the Summer Slide

    So I’m curious, do any of you have a sure fire cure to avoid the summer slide? For those of you new to this term, I’m referring to the amount of learning that slips by kids over the summer and they end up having a tough transition in the fall...
  • Change the World - Vote for Your Favorite Imagine Cup Team

    CLICK HERE to vote for the team you believe best uses technology to solve the world's toughest problems. Students around the world are combining brain power, teamwork and technology to solve the world’s toughest problems at Microsoft’s...
  • June Microsoft Tech Student of the Month – Andrew Zurek

    School is out and summer is upon us as we reach the end of June. It’s now time to announce our next Tech Student of the Month! This month, we are honored to highlight Andrew Zurek who is the project manager for the U.S. Imagine Cup winning team Bloom Studios . Andrew just graduated this month from Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy in Chicago, Illinois. He and his team built a computer game called Spero that is geared entirely around teaching children about environmental sustainability and how to be eco-friendly. The team took first place in the game design category of the 2011 U.S. Imagine...
  • My yearbook + on-demand publishing = timeless treasure

    Put together your school's yearbook, or your own souvenir photo yearbook for your friends, using Hewlett Packard's cloud publishing site, MagCloud . Microsoft Publisher has partnered with HP MagCloud to give you on-demand publishing straight from the...
  • Windows Phones for Students

    OK so you are a student and you are wondering what to do over the summer. Perhaps you have a job but maybe it is not fulfilling. And besides wouldn’t it be cool to write some great code and win a new Windows Phone for your efforts. Right? Well the Windows...
  • Interesting Links Post 28 June 2010

    This post is late this week. Why? Totally wrapped up in ISTE. OK I did spend some of Sunday visiting the Mummies of the World exhibit at the Franklin institute and then a trip to Betsy Ross’ House. Hey if you are in Philadelphia you might as well...
  • Vote now for this year's Imagine Cup People's Choice Award

    In just about two weeks, more than 400 students from 70 countries will travel to New York City to compete at this year’s Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals. I'm starting to get inspired by all the projects created by students that not only enhance...
  • 8 Lync Tools you can use!!!

    8 Lync Tools you can use for free, my favorite tool is the Conversation Translator which is a great usage case scenario for English as a Second language in schools or other business that need to communicate to various languages and countries. Check...
  • “Bring Your Own Data”—the next debate

    While the conversation about whether students should bring their own devices seems pressing pressing now, it is not the consumerization shift we need to get our collective heads around next. The next debate will be about how do we enable students to ...
  • Updates to Lync 2010 Resource Kit

    Two new chapters have been posted to the Kit. One on Direct SIP and the other on Exchange Unified Messaging integration. Direct Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) provides SIP trunking between an IP-PBX and Lync Server. Direct SIP supports the following...
  • Kinect in education…open for ideas and exploration with the new SDK

    I’ve previously talked about my excitement over games-based learning and natural user interface , and how increasingly Microsoft has invested in exploring how these areas can make a difference in education. Since its release, there has been tremendous...
  • Windows 8 Announced

    Microsoft announced the next version of Windows, internally code-named “Windows 8,” to help the partners build devices that take advantage of the new user experience. As part of this technical preview, Mike Angiulo, corporate vice president...
  • Want some deeper dive video based training on the upcoming Office 365 cloud offering?

      Some excellent Office 365 video jump start training delivered by the products teams covering Lync Online, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Office 365: • Office 365 Jump Start (01): Microsoft Office 365 Overview for IT Pros • Office 365 Jump...
  • Microsoft Innovative Education Forum Tops 100 Educators

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the selection of 72 additional educators to attend the 2011 Microsoft U.S. Innovative Education Forum (IEF). These finalists will be traveling to the Microsoft campus in Redmond in July to showcase the creative ways they...
  • Making Decisions About Your Kids Education

    Navigating the waters of your child’s education is sometimes a tough, emotionally charged project so I wanted to provide some help. Education is a hot topic these days and like so many other parents you are likely wondering: Where are the best...