July, 2011

  • An Educator’s Perspective: Microsoft Board Member Maria Klawe

    Dr. Klawe describes her education and career journey from to becoming president of Harvey Mudd College to Microsoft's Board of Directors. Related posts: A View From The Top: Microsoft Board Member Helmut Panke Microsoft and Toyota Herald the Next...
  • MYSCIENCE. The Consumerization of Science

    Standford University Computer Science students ignite the consumerization of science with Microsoft Research's Project Hawaii initiative. Related posts: Project Hawaii: Students Build the Future of Mobile + Cloud Computing Incorporating Windows Phone...
  • Interesting Links Post 18 July 2011

    Quite a week last week. You may have read my posts about the CSTA CS & IT Conference. I hope you did because it was a great conference. The first ever WorldWide Imagine Cup finals to be held in the US was held in New York City at the same time. You...
  • Microsoft announces $15M R&D focus on next-generation learning models, plus resources for students & teachers

    UPDATED July 18th at 8:00 a.m. PT with URL to White House press release . Recognizing it will take all of us…schools, parents, guardians, foundations, governments and corporate partners to meet the challenges facing our kids today…we...
  • A View From The Top: Microsoft Board Member Helmut Panke

    Keeping Microsoft's brand promise is the top role of the board. What's your university or school board's brand promise? No related posts. ...read more
  • Worldwide Telescope Tour Contest

    Have you explored outer space using the WorldWide Telescope ? Do you have a favorite tour of space that you share with friends. Now you can share your tours of the universe with 8 million+ people. From now until September 1, 2011, participants in the...
  • 2011 Microsoft Education Partner of the Year -- Desire2Learn

    I’ve spent some time in Los Angeles this week at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) meeting with partners, talking about business opportunities to build on the Microsoft platform to deliver new solutions to the education...
  • Students Animating Fractals, Thinking on Pi and mental illness, and Cryptography? And it’s math class and art class too!

    A curated multimedia exhibition entitled, “Illuminated Mathematics” produced by 12th graders may not be what you’d expect to see high school seniors working on. But at High Tech High (San Diego, CA) they are certainly taking a fresh approach to math and...
  • Higher Innovation Welcomes Mobile Browsers

    We’re super happy to announce that Higher Innovation now supports touch-enabled mobile browsers. So, you can now enjoy all of the great content from your Windows Phone 7, iOS device, Android mobile device, and many others. Check it out and provide...
  • An Inspiring Evening for the Imagine Cup: Worldwide Final Ceremony

    At 4pm last night in NYC’s Lincoln Center, a packed auditorium waves flags, cheered, and impatiently waited for Microsoft’s Jon Perera, General Manager of the Education Group, to take the stage and kick off the finals. The U.S.A. teams, sitting together next to Microsoft executives’ stage left, waved the American flag and had expressions of anticipation, hope, and inspiration. (Please visit the site to view this video) The stage opened to an actor, who gave an inspiring monologue starting with the fact that seven billion people are in the world today, and it was only...
  • CS & IT 2011 Day 3

    I’m not sure I can do yesterday justice. It was awesome of course but I am also exhausted from all the activity and travel of late. (Doug Peterson has a great post about this day as well. Read it here .) I’m taking some vacation time coming...
  • CS & IT 2011 Day 2

    Wow! The day started off with a bang. Doug Rushkoff, who wrote Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age , was the opening keynote. Agree or disagree with what he says he was a dynamic speaker. I think most of us would have been ok if he...
  • Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 helping schools save money and make 1:1 computing real

    In my 19 years at Microsoft, I've never seen a product evolve as much as Microsoft MultiPoint Server has in such a short period of time. Buying more computers to provide more students with access to technology is not the only expense schools are worried...
  • CS & IT Conference Day 1 - 2011

    This year CSTA is trying a bunch of new things with the CS & IT Conference. First off we added a workshop day on the front end. So yesterday there were a number of three hour workshops. You can see what was offered on the CS & IT agenda . I sat...
  • Pittsford School District goes Live@edu!

    Pittsford Central School District, in NY State has just rolled out Live@edu to their 6000 students.  Prior to this deployment, Pittsford had been struggling with inefficient communications between their teachers and students.  After a pilot...
  • Women Innovators Dinner: A Night full of Wisdom

    Last night we were privileged to attend the Women Innovators Dinner at the Marriot Times Square Ballroom in NYC. Allison Watson of Microsoft introduced the panel and gave some background on her career and her group—which is 50% female. Watson is a Corporate Vice President of the U.S. Marketing & Operations Group and leads marketing and strategic business development for Microsoft's largest geographic market. Watson said that this year, the Microsoft Imagine Cup expanded from 30 women to 65 women student participants, with 4 women-only teams (from Brazil, India, Taiwan and Romania...
  • Interesting Links 11 July 2011

    If you followed my Twitter or read my blog over the weekend you may be tired of hearing about the Imagine Cup. You may also think I am over sharing on FourSquare (whose co-founder spoke at the Imagine Cup opening ceremonies BTW. You might be right about...
  • Imagine Cup Team LifeLens Presented today to Judges

    This afternoon, U.S.A. team LifeLens presented their project—the goal of which is to stop the more than one million deaths a year due to malaria—with more than 85% of deaths occurring in children under five years of age. LifeLens has created a device that delivers an accurate screening of malaria. Team members Tristan Gibeau, Wilson To, Cy Khomaee, Jason Wakizaka started their presentation by handing out a pamphlet that all room attendees could view, that contained biography information on the team, a summary of the device, the reasons they started the project, and the any universities...
  • Kinect Workshop at the Imagine Cup

    These are the views that greeted students entering the Sky Lobby of the host hotel of the World wide Imagine Cup this afternoon. We had room for just over 70 people to sit and work the hands on part of the workshop and when we started there was standing...
  • Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals Round 2 Teams Announced for Embedded Development and Software Design

    Last night in the Marriott NYC ballroom, Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals teams were bounding around the room to Lady Gaga and Jay Z, doing the wave with their country flags, yelling their country names--gearing up for the Round 2 announcements. The elimination round 2 announcements, for Embedded Development and Software Design kept being delayed, since the judges were obviously having a difficult time making a decision. After nearly 40 minutes of suspense, where the tension in the room was palpable and the teams were starting to laugh nervously (or break out in spontaneous dances and flag-waving)...
  • Student Media at the Imagine Cup

    One of the things that is special about this year’s Imagine Cup finals is the student social media team. The Microsoft Imagine Cup team set out to find the Microsoft Student Partners from around the world who are best suited to reporting the events from...
  • The Countdown: Four U.S.A. Teams Judged Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Imagine Cup Finals

    And…it’s on! Today marked the first day of the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals competition in N.Y.C. Teams from all over the world, including four of the U.A. teams, (note: Team LifeLens is presenting tomorrow) pitched judges in their representative project categories this afternoon, for their chance to get to the next level. We had the pleasure of sitting in on the presentations today, and wanted to be the first to give you the low down. Congratulations to all teams for making it this far in the process, and we’ll report back after the elimination round later tonight. ICsquared...
  • Imagine Cup New York City

    I’m in New York for the worldwide finals of the Imagine Cup this weekend. On Monday I will move over the the Computer Science Teachers Association CS & IT Conference . For right now I an enjoying the excitement of 400 competitors from around the world...
  • Pulling Together the World One Project at a Time: Imagine Cup Kick Off Ceremony in NYC with Steve Ballmer, Dennis Crowley, and 120 Student Team Finalists

    We’re so excited about the kick-off for the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals! Last night, in the NYC Marriott in Times Square (which later, Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley told us we need to be sure to get out of), 120 student teams, chosen from 1.4 million registrants, converged for the tech Olympics—the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup--the ultimate technology competition. The next few days are filled with app-a-thons, judging competitions, elimination rounds, community days, BBQs in Ellis Island…and the final day, Wednesday, July 13, where 3 final awards will be...
  • Pencils, Books and Coffee - How Students Are Inspired to Take Global Action!

    I suppose this will not come as much of a surprise, especially for those teaching middle and high school, but the typical 9th grader isn’t often too concerned about global issues. While inspiring action (in anything) can be quite challenging except for...