August, 2011

  • Interesting Links 29 August 2011

    Hurricane Irene was the big news on the east coast of the US and parts of the Caribbean last week. Oh and there was a surprising east coast earthquake last week as well. Quite some week. But I still managed to collect some links to share. If you were in the storm area I hope you weathered the storm. The new  Microsoft in Education blog aggregates blog posts from a number of the education related blogs by Microsoft people and teams. This blog is one of them but there are many more. From this blog I found a link to a post on the Office in Education blog called A teacher’s thoughts on Windows...
  • August Tech Student of the Month - Phillip Huff

    August is almost to an end and that means it’s come time again to announce the Tech Student of the Month! This month, we are highlighting Phillip Huff who is the creator of an independent game development studio called Stony Studios. Phillip is about to begin his sophomore year at Stony Brook University , located on Long Island , with plans to double major in Computer Science and Philosophy. He is the brain behind the fun and explosive new Windows Phone game called Ion Reaction and although he is new to Windows Phone development, Phillip has learned the ropes quickly and fully intends to...
  • Back to School: Stand Up to Cyberbullying

    (cross-posted from The Official Microsoft Blog ) September is synonymous with back-to-school for much of the world's youth – getting back in the classroom, reconnecting with friends and teachers and sharing tales of summer fun. For some, however...
  • Xbox Live and College Football!

    Cross-post from Kevin Dean ... Great news for college football fans - Microsoft shipped its latest ESPN Xbox LIVE update on Thursday! ESPN on Xbox LIVE allows users to access over 400 college football games , 31 bowl games and more than 75 exclusive...
  • An Inkling of an Idea for Next-Gen Assessments

    Can next-generation assessments be paper-based and digital documents at the same time? Cameron considers the possibilities of a new product from longtime Microsoft partner, Wacom's Inkling. No related posts. ...read more
  • Windows Phone Student App of the Week: Draw Pad

    DrawPad Author: SimzzDev DrawPad is a simple drawing app. You can change brush height, width, and color. You can erase strokes easily. You can even choose your own background image, and then save your creation. Download now Screens DrawPad is one of those entertainment apps that never gets old. It was created and put into the marketplace by a student. When I first downloaded this app I played around on it for almost twenty minutes because it was so entertaining. The premise of the app is simply drawing or writing...
  • Microsoft Education Partner Interview: Cambridge University Press

    I started the conversation a few days ago about the evolution of digital publishing in education. As publishers move to digital text and reading, online storage and digital libraries are becoming increasingly popular as a destination path. The cloud,...
  • Python Tools for Visual Studio V1.0 Released

    A lot of people are looking into using Python in computer science education these days. Of course a lot of people are also using Visual Studio for Visual Basic or C# or even F# and it would be nice to use the same IDE for Python as well. The learning curve for an IDE is not something that really adds value to learning a new programming language. So I thought I would share the following from a recent announcement of the release to manufacturing of version 1.0 of the Python Tools for Visual Studio software. Support for CPython & IronPython (and Pypy and Jython) World-class intellisense, Browsing...
  • History Reimagined

    Man on the moon That was, like, 42 years ago, right?   Just imagine how many calculations – complex calculations – had to be performed to ensure every last detail was correct? The scary thing is there is probably more power in your mobile phone these...
  • Microsoft Education Partner Interview: Tribal

    One of the things schools are increasingly looking towards is the use of technology and data to create an opportunity for transformation and optimization of student learning opportunities. I’ve blogged previously about how schools are using data...
  • A teacher’s thoughts on Windows SkyDrive (video)

    Meet Kelvin Dueck, a physics and math teacher at Pitt Meadows Secondary School. Kelvin wanted a way to share his math answer keys and physics notes with his students. That way his students could access help and extend their learning outside of traditional classroom walls. He was looking for a virtual hard drive. He was looking for Windows SkyDrive. Read the full blog post and listen to Kelvin's testimonial. You'll be inspired! ...( read more ) ...read more
  • Computational Thinking Leadership Toolkit

    Computational thinking is, in my opinion at least, a lot more than the latest buzz word or fad in education. It is really at the core of what we need for success in the 21st century. So I was pleased to get the following announcement in email yesterday. ISTE and CSTA has published the Computational Thinking Leadership Toolkit.   We are pleased to announce that it is now available for free download, along with the Computational Thinking Teacher Resources, 2nd edition . You’ll find both documents at www.iste.org/computational-thinking . We hope you find these resources valuable as you learn...
  • Welcome and Let’s talk about UM in the Cloud

      Hi! Thanks for coming. My name is Greg Katz and was also part of the three man team the UC Amigos in Education and responsible for post at 3 UC Amigos . Though it’s sad to leave such a great following Mark Garcia and I are excited to share our...
  • Action required: Changes to Live@edu SSO Toolkit

    Important Changes As per the recent posting on Outlook Live Answers , there are some changes that will need to be made if you are using SSO. The URL used to validate a Windows Live ID is changing, so any single sign-on solutions that are built using the...
  • 2011 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

    Calling all digital divas, web chix & coder girls! It’s time to start thinking about the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing . This is a great program which I have been proud to promote though this blog for several years now. These awards honor young women who are active and interested in computing and technology. NCWIT is looking for next generation of technical talent. Award winners receive cool prizes, gadgets, scholarships and all girls can join a community of fellow technically-inclined young women. Like them on Facebook to stay informed. Applications will be accepted between...
  • Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko

    Watch the video of educator Johnny Kissko of Lubbock ISD sharing how he is using Kinect for XBOX360 in the classroom to engage students and remake the modern learning environment. Related posts: Microsoft Presents the 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum Microsoft Innovative Educator Webcast Series Microsoft Innovative Education Forum Tops 100 Educators ...read more
  • Languages That Make You Think

    The old joke used to be that “ a good FORTRAN programmer can write a good FORTRAN program in any programming language .” The problem and what makes the joke not all that funny is that it involves not taking full advantage of the language in question. It is not a FORTRAN specific problem by any means. I have known many so called C++ programmers who really wrote C programs using a C++ compiler. Many programming languages are designed with an idea towards changing the way programs are written, problems are solved and how people think about problem solving.  Taking on a new programming language...
  • Two UC Amigos moving to a new Cloud blog

    In case you haven’t noticed, the posts here have slowed down a bit. This is due to Greg and I have moved to the Office 365 for Education team this year.  Bill has two new Amigos that can help contribute to this UC Three Amigos blog so stay tuned...
  • ACSL International Contest About to Begin

    Interested in programming competitions for your students but travel is not in the budget? You may want to look into the ACSL contests. This announcement came via by the CSTA member listserv. The American Computer Science League opens registration for this year's contest September 1st. ACSL is An international computer science competition 5 for grades 6-12 that is way more than just programming!!! ACSL gives your school the opportunity to: Learn about really important computer science concepts Engage in creative algorithmic solutions to problems Compete against other schools from around the world...
  • blog has moved

    Check out http://blogs.technet.com/b/educloud/archive/2011/08/29/welcome-to-microsoft-education-in-the-cloud.aspx See you there! Jonny ...read more...( read more ) ...read more
  • Windows Phone Student App of the Week: Free Dictionary

    Free Dictionary Author: Jared B Drake Dictionary and Thesaurus to help you while you’re on the go. Simple and Quick And its FREE!!!!!!! A simple web browser with a home page of dictionary.com Download now Screens This dictionary app although similar to other dictionary apps, has one main difference, it was created by a student! This app at it’s core is just a link, and here’s why. One begins using this app by typing in a word they want to look up. The user...
  • What do I need to do to prepare for Office 365 for Education?

      Welcome to our new blog!  My name is Mark Garcia and I have been blogging on the Three UC Amigos blog for the past 3 years with some great customer reach. I have recently moved to the Office 365 for Education team as a Cloud Architect. I look...
  • Paying for college in the new “Middle Ages”

    The old adage “knowledge is power” is an agreed upon theorem in our society. With the increasing tuition hikes on students, the barrier to entry in formal education can send the wrong message that only those with a lot of money can be educated, ergo “power is power”. Can this still be as true in 2011 as it was in the Middle Ages? Luckily, there are many organizations now that will help students with loans, grants and scholarships. I’d like to take a moment to outline some truly free money for students. Here is the list of some of our favorite scholarship and grant...
  • Welcome to Microsoft Education in the Cloud

    Hi everyone! As an evolution of our popular http://msftedublogger.wordpress.com/ blog, where we spent a lot of time looking at the tools and technologies behind Live@edu, we have now decided to move the blog onto our TechNet site... a kind of "get...
  • There Is Research On That

    Computers are good at games. Well sort of. Computers are good at following rules and making decisions based on rules that are programmed into them. These rules have to come from somewhere and that somewhere is people. That computers are good at playing games is do in large part to the fact that people are good at studying games. The hard part is really figuring out how a game is played and how a set of rules can be created that will enable someone (or some thing) to win on a regular basis. Once that happens a set of rules can be created to feed into a computer. People can learn these rules and...