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September, 2011

  • What do parents and students think of STEM education?

    (cross-posted from the Microsoft Unlimited Potential blog ) STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education is vital to solving the world’s toughest social problems; to helping companies create the next breakthrough innovation and...
  • Connecting Kids With Crayons

    ( cross-post from Publicyte blog) Donna Woodall (Washington, DC) — The organization Cradles to Crayons is an innovative, nonprofit organization that provides disadvantaged children with free school supplies. Recently, Microsoft and CVS...
  • Motivating College Students to be STEM Majors

    (cross-posted from the Microsoft Unlimited Potential blog ) Lili Cheng is general manager of Microsoft’s Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs This summer my research team had six incredible interns, four women and two men. As they head back...
  • Supporting America's Teachers

    I’m thrilled to announce today that Microsoft Partners in Learning is teaming up with a soon-to-be-released film, American Teacher , as part of our ongoing efforts to support the teaching profession and encourage broad dialogue about the importance...
  • Washington and Virginia Announce Microsoft Partnerships To Provide IT Training To All High School Students Statewide

    Today, we are very excited to share the news that Washington state and the Commonwealth of Virginia are officially launching statewide Microsoft IT Academy programs to all high school students to make sure they graduate with IT skills they need to compete...
  • Imagine Cup 2012–Changing The World For The Better

    Solving the world’s great problems! Changing the world for the better. Giving students projects that not only allow them to show what they know but do something good for the world. All of these are part and parcel of the Imagine Cup. The US Imagine Cup website is updated and ready for the 2012 season. Are you? The Imagine Cup is a worldwide competition for students ages 16 and up. This year there are three main competitions (though more are possible later on) that students may be interested in participating.  Top teams of each competition will be selected to go to the US Finals in Seattle...
  • Higher Innovation Podcast – "rebirth of hip"

    Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Higher Innovation Podcast [hip]. I am very excited to start this series that goes deeper on the issues impacting education and technology. Enjoy and share. Continue reading → No related posts. ...read more
  • NBC Education Nation–Reflections Day One

    The Microsoft Education team came to Manhattan to kickoff NBC's Education Nation Summit 2011. Cameron Evans, Microsoft CTO, reflects on the events of day one and shares his observations. Continue reading → No related posts. ...read more
  • Interesting Links 26 September 2011

    Autumn has technically arrived in New Hampshire. The leafs are starting to turn but the weather has stayed a bit unseasonably warm. Even still school is in full swing all across the US and my little part of the world is no exception. It’s also fall advisory board meeting time for the career technical schools and I have several such meetings in the near future. It’s always interesting to hear how the various programs are going. Some are under more financial stress than others but at least at a career technical high school programming and web development are more than just ordinary electives. From...
  • Flying Fish & Kinect help lead the final U.S. team to the Partners in Learning Global Forum

    As many of you might recall there was a fair amount of blogging activity around the Partners in Learning 2011 U.S. Innovative Education Forum we hosted in July. The event brought together just over 100 educators from across the country to showcase and...
  • Update: American Teacher premiere at NBC Education Nation

    Yesterday’s premiere of American Teacher was fantastic ! The teachers in the audience were thrilled – as one educator told me, she felt the film gave teachers a “voice” that had all too often been missing. Another told me that...
  • NBC Education Nation—Reflections Day Two

    It's Monday, September 26th and we just completed day two of NBC Education Nation. The temperature was hotter and so were the conversations. Read Microsoft CTO, Cameron Evans' highlights of the day. Continue reading → Related posts: NBC Education Nation–Reflections Day One ...read more
  • Robotics @ Home Competition

    The Micro soft Robotics team has released a new software stack for controlling robots  – RDS4 Beta . There are a couple of very exciting new additions in this beta: Uses Kinect for the eyes A new reference design for consumer robots – write code once, run it on any robot. You can see a lot more of the details at this Channel 9 video: http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/A-Look-At-Robotics-Developer-Studio-4-Beta They are also interested in encouraging others to use this new software so there is now the Robotics @ Home Competition . Do you have a cool idea for an @home robot? Here’s your chance to...
  • When Fish Fly

    How excited am I about the Partners in Learning Global Forum ? I’m seriously thinking of taking vacation days and paying my own way to Washington DC to see if I can “crash” it. I had a great time and learned a lot judging the US event ( Innovative Education Forum–Judging Day ) this summer. I met some great teachers doing a whole lot if interesting things. One of the special things about this year’s event is that the attendees were grouped into teams and asked to create a “learning excursion activity.” The team that created the best activity as judged by their peers would be the “tenth team” that...
  • Helping Bridge the Digital Divide for All 300,000 New York State Teachers

    As our culture continues to be dominated by technological innovation in our everyday lives and kids expect to learn in a digital way, its important educators feel comfortable and confident using technology in the classroom to help their students stay...
  • September Tech Student of the Month - Ramsey Khadder

    We are pleased to announce the next Tech Student of the Month, Ramsey Khadder! Ramsey is a junior at Springbook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland and was a member of the Imagine Cup 2011 team, Team Audentia. Ramsey is also the co-creator of the fun and creative Windows Phone app called Dive! He is a passionate developer and it is our pleasure to highlight his story. Ramsey comes from a family of engineers, where his late father's work as an electronic engineer provides his source of inspiration. In efforts to follow in his family’s footsteps, he is currently attending Springbrook...
  • Peeking Into Windows 8 [updated]

    Microsoft is reimagining Windows. Checkout all of the resources to stay up-to-date on what's next for Windows and the entire ecosystem. Related posts: The Next-Generation of Windows is Here!! Windows 7 RTM Build 7600 – My Uneventful Installation Experience Windows Phone 7 Series Gets Smart Design ...read more
  • PowerShell–THE best way to manage Live@edu

    All the leaves are brown… Ok, so maybe they’re still a little green. Either way the busy summer holidays are now over and the long march to Christmas begins. Naturally this means that network managers have nothing to do for 3 months, right? For those...
  • Calendar Publishing in Live@edu

    So, you want to publish your calendar? In my last post I talked about how you could set up sharing free/busy information between two Live@edu environments but what about sharing your whole calendar with someone? When you click share in the calendar screen...
  • Sharing Free/Busy across the cloud

    Are you free? More and more institutions are beginning to realise the importance of connected, collaborative working, and the value of enterprise email and deciding whether 1, or many tenancies is the right option can be tough. Sometimes, for very good...
  • FREE Activation Webcast

    Back to school Some of you will already be back to school – others will be dreading looking forward to the start of term next week. Whatever your situation you can’t escape the immutable fact that the start of term is a very busy time of year! The school...
  • Dynamic Distribution Groups

    Mass Mail Dynamic distribution groups (DDGs) are a great way to manage groups in Live@edu, especially ones where the recipient list might change frequently or unpredictably. For example, you might want an “All Pupils” distribution group that sends a mail...
  • Why Windows 8 Matters to School Finance

    Over the next three years, education technology will see a tectonic shift in capabilities and effectiveness. While change is evitable, education leaders should seek strategies that continue to optimize return on existing investments versus cannibalizing their seeds before they harvest. Read why Windows 8 optimizes resources and funding for students, teachers, and school budgets. Related posts: Tablet PCs for Education: Fundamentals Dell Showcases New Windows 7 Tablet Journey to the next release of Windows ...read more
  • Your Chance to Learn Windows Phone Development for Free

    Microsoft is offering a number of FREE Phone Camps around the US. These are fun and interesting workshops – hands on – to help people learn about developing Windows Phone applications. If you are an instructor who wants to add mobile development into your courses, a student who wants to create apps and make money, or a professional or hobbyist developer looking to expand you efforts into mobile development this is an opportunity to do so. There is a long list of locations and dates with hot links to the registration pages. What's a Windows Phone Camp? A free, full day event chock-full of everything...
  • Four Dimensional Tic Tac Toe

    Back in my college days we had a computer program that played three-dimensional tic tac toe. The game was played in a four space by four space four level cube. The object of the game was to get four of you pieces in a row.  Ever since I came across the paper on Connect Four that I blogged about last month ( There’s Research On That ) my mind keeps returning to it for some reason. Then this morning while I was playing an online trivia game while eating breakfast a question came up about Brigadoon – the mythical village that appears once ever hundred years – and something clicked. What would...