July, 2011

  • Free gradebook template for Excel 2010

    Earlier in the year I worked with Beth Melton, an Excel MVP, to create a super easy and visual gradebook template in Excel 2010. It’s built for teachers with little to no Microsoft Excel experience. In fact, all of the grade calculation formulas...
  • 2011 U.S. Innovative Educators Forum Day 1–A Brief Summary

    We just wrapped-up the project exhibitions piece of the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum ! 100 educators, representing 25 different states and nearly every K-12 grade level and subject  (checkout the Photosynth of the exhibition...
  • Encapsulation–An Introduction

    My good friend Sam Stokes posted an introduction to Encapsulation not long ago. Not that I am competitive mind you but I thought I could do better. And since I had some vacation time in which to think and write I have given it a try. I’ll let you judge...
  • Jobs Follow Talent: The Need for Education and High-Skilled Immigration Reform

    (Cross-posted from Microsoft on the Issues blog ) Posted by Brad Smith General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Today, I had the opportunity to discuss the need for education and high-skilled immigration...
  • Microsoft Accessibility - Technology for Everyone

    July 27, 11:00 a.m. (PT), 12:00 p.m. (MT) Reserve your seat, virtual seating is limited http://net.educause.edu/live1121 "Our vision is to create innovative technology that is accessible to everyone and that adapts to each person's needs. Accessible...
  • Thank you to the judges for the 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum

    I have been blogging quite a bit on this big event and we have 100 top innovative K-12 educators on our Redmond campus this week for the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum. Educators will exhibit projects that creatively use technology...
  • Entrepreneurship 101: VC Panel Tells Entrepreneurs What it Takes

    Ever dream of being an entrepreneur but need to know how to get started? The “VC Panel” at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals, held in NYC last month, was a practical how-to session on starting a company, and getting funding. The event connected student teams with investors, entrepreneurs, seasoned start-up founders, and inventors, including: Dan'l Lewin , corporate vice president for Strategic and Emerging Business Development, who is responsible for Microsoft Corp.'s global relationships with startups and venture capitalists. Joy Marcus (@ joymarcus ), Venture...
  • Blind Ambition: A Story of Changing the World

    If you had the chance to change the world, what would YOU Imagine? Meet David Hayden, a recent graduate of Arizona State University. Legally blind—David was having so much trouble taking notes in his new Math major, that he was close to failing. Instead, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Watch David’s Journey as He Imagines a World of Blind Ambition: (Please visit the site to view this video) “In 2007 we were filling up a dozen chalkboards in 30…45 minutes, and I simply couldn’t keep up with note-taking. So in a very real sense I felt like...
  • Small Basic 1.0 is here!

    Have you been working with Small Basic? If so you probably know that it has officially been pre-release software. Well not it is released software and you can now download Small Basic 1.0 .. With the addition of Icelandic (Yes Icelandic) it is now available...
  • What does it mean?

    Last week I had the chance to hear Douglas Rushkoff talk at the annual CSTA CS&IT Symposium. All of the conference attendees were also given a copy of his book  Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age – I got mine autographed...
  • Students Envision Their Future in Spanish

    Over the past two years or so in working with a diverse set of educators, digital storytelling, or some derivative thereof, continues to be one of the primary uses of technology in classrooms across all grades levels. Though we can argue about what the...
  • Innovative Educator Forum Judge Workshop

    For some competitions one selects a bunch of smart people, hands them a rubric and says “have at it. Be fair.” Honestly though is that really the way to do things? Generally not. When running a serious competition you want good judges, smart people who...
  • What were teachers asking about at ISTE?

    Last month I attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2011 conference in Philadelphia. For three days I worked the booth and walked the halls listening to the questions that teachers and school IT professionals were asking. Get the scoop on what we were demonstrating at the Microsoft booth. If you weren’t able to attend ISTE and have a question, feel free to post your question as a comment on this blog. I’m interested to hear what technologies have piqued your curiosity. ...( read more ) ...read more
  • Microsoft’s U.S. Innovative Education Forum Set to Kick Off

    (Cross-posted from the Official Microsoft Blog ) School may be out for summer, but for many highly-motivated teachers and school leaders, there is no break. Educators are hard at work scouring the Web and connecting with their peers, looking for new...
  • Hacking Vs. Programming

    What is the difference between Hacking and programming? One opinion I have heard expressed is that a hacker can put a lot of code together in a hurry but if a change is needed the code has to be completely rewritten. A programmer may take a little longer...
  • Are your students entered in the Windows Phone app contest

    This Summer, build Windows Phone 7 apps and you could earn exciting prizes to catch a movie, eat ice – cream, buy camping gear and more!! This special competition is especially for students. It’s a great incentive to get creative and do something...
  • Small Grants for CS Education

    If you are involved in K-12 computer science education you really owe it to yourself to join the Computer Science Teachers Association ( CSTA ) And if you are a member of CSTA than you received this announcement in the last week or so. But just in case...
  • 2011 U.S. IEF Keynotes Will Be Streamed Live–Here’s how you tune in…

    The 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum is happening this week in Redmond, WA. The 100 top educators from 25 different states arrived in Seattle today. We have a busy 2+ days ahead and 10 projects from this group will go on to represent the United States...
  • Interesting Links 25 July 2011

    I was on vacation last week. I had no Internet or cell phone access for a week. It was wonderful as I really needed the break. Don’t we all need a break now and again? Yes there were posts all week I wrote them in advance so people who were bored...
  • Custom filtering, using transport rules on Outlook Live

    Live@EDU (Outlook Live) has a number of well published and documented security and compliance features, a few of them I have listed below (as well a reference for more information about each topic) – 1. Spam Filtering – http://help.outlook.com/en...
  • Innovative Education Forum–Judging Day

    Wow! Just WOW! I spent yesterday judging teacher projects as part of the US Innovative Educator Forum in Redmond. It was absolutely inspiring. In fact I would go as far as to say this was the most encouraging day in regards to American education I have ever spent. And yes that includes learning about some great things at various ISTE conferences. Yes, that is strong but I mean it. There were 70 some projects (read a brief on each of them at 2011 U.S. Innovative Educators Forum Day 1–A Brief Summary ) with teachers from kindergarten through high school, public schools, private schools, charter schools...
  • Update for Communicator for Mac 2011 13.1.2 just released

    This fixes some hangs and other issues. Grab it here....( read more )
  • Introducing the IT History Society

    Last week I received two messages about the IT History Society – one through the SIGCSE mailing list and one a personal message from the Society’s Chair. It looks interesting and useful so I decided to share it. In 2007, the IT History Society ( http...
  • Why are all programming languages in English?

    Last week I was at the CSTA Computer Science & Information Technology conference in New York City. One of the great thing about events like this is the hallway conversations that just happen. When you get a lot of interesting people together the conversations...
  • MYSCIENCE. The Consumerization of Science [updated]

    This week at Microsoft Research’s 12th annual Faculty Summit, Project Hawaii student creations from over 20 universities will be on showcase.   Project Hawaii is an experimental program that provides students with tools, services, and equipment to create their own, cloud-enabled applications using Windows Azure (Microsoft’s platform-as-a-service) and Windows Phone [...] Related posts: Project Tuva: Classic Richard Feynman Lectures Now Available Through Microsoft Research Thank you, Mommy The Datacenter Re-imagined with Windows Azure ...read more