September, 2011

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Questions about Single Sign On (SSO) with Office 365 for Education

      I had several ADFS and Single Sign On (SSO) questions from a large university in northern California proceeding with Office 365 for Education for faculty, staff and students. What servers do I need to accommodate single sign on (SSO) aka Federated...
  • OneNote tip: How to tag exam material in your notes

    Whatever your philosophy on test taking, they haven’t been abolished yet. So get prepared! Don’t just madly cram for a test the night before. You can do better than that. Get organized! While you’re in class taking notes, use a special tag to mark the material you know (or think) you’ll be tested on. Then focus your exam prep time on those notes. OneNote gives you an easy way to do that: it’s called a tag. I recommend creating a custom tag in OneNote called “Exam material”. Find out how! ...( read more ) ...read more
  • Computer Science Education Act

    One of the big issues with computer science education is that it is not an integral part of the curriculum It is almost always an elective and doesn’t count as meeting specific graduation requirements. And then there is the whole issue of lack of teacher certification standards and standard curriculum. About the only standard in education is the Advanced Placement curriculum and it is far from universally accessible. It looks like a couple of members of Congress are trying to address these issues. (From Robert P. Casey Jr. | United States Senator for Pennsylvania: Newsroom – Press Releases .) U...
  • Student Entrepreneurship 101

    Written by Megan Benjamin So you’ve got an idea—a world changing, moneymaking, once-in-a-lifetime idea—and now you just need to figure out how to make the whole thing happen. Lucky for you, there have never been more resources for STEM majors looking to take a stab at entrepreneurship. Colleges across the nation have outstanding entrepreneurship programs (many specifically for engineers and technical folks), entrepreneurship resources, and of course, a network of successful alumni to help mentor you through the process. If all your “entrepreneurial spirit”...
  • NBC Education Nation Teacher Town Hall–Join the conversation!

    Kicking off this weekend is the second annual NBC News 2011 Education Nation Summit on education aimed at addressing the challenges and opportunities faced in this country. The intent is for this initiative to act as a catalyst toward sparking meaningful...
  • Guest post: A reflection by a U.S. educator visiting Jordan “…a United Nations conference for education”

    This is a guest post from Margaret Noble a Media Arts educator from High Tech High in San Diego, CA. Margaret who had the opportunity to participate in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Middle East & Africa Innovative Education Forum and collaborate...
  • Microsoft Commits to Bring Digital Access and Skills Training to 1M U.S. Students

    Yesterday, I had the privilege of combining my personal passion with my profession on stage at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting to announce that Microsoft will bring digital access to one million students from low-income families. The...
  • Kentucky Department of Education saving $6.3m in costs with Live@edu

    Hi folks, Around a year ago,the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) rolled out Live@edu to their 174 school districts to much acclaim. We have just completed the formal case study on this fantastic state-wide implementation. I know you will all...
  • Guest post: U.S. Educators Travel to Jordan to Share Teaching Ideas

    This is the first of a couple of guest posts from two U.S. educators who had a rare opportunity to attend the Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Education Forum for the Middle East & Africa hosted in Aqada, Jordan last month. Here’s a dispatch...
  • Interesting Links 20 September 2011

    I really had to post the information about the new Game development course yesterday ( Game Development with XNA Curriculum–Semester Course ). I’m pretty excited about that material. Teacher developed and tested and aligned to standards. And it is game development. How cool is that? Closely related to that the opening of the new Imagine Cup US website (Blogged at Imagine Cup 2012–Changing The World For The Better last week). It’s not too soon to think about putting some student teams together for that. Most high school students we’ve seen have competed in the Game Design or IT Challenge .. I’m...
  • Game Development with XNA Curriculum–Semester Course

    Revitalize your Computer Science program with Game Development with XNA: Semester 1 . This exciting and engaging computer science semester course enables students to apply a basic foundation in programming to create games and simulations for social causes using C# and Microsoft XNA Game Studio. Teaching resources and C#/XNA software are free . C# is a modern, professional object-oriented programming language which when combined with the Microsoft XNA framework creates the XNA Game Studio – a professional game development environment for PC, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone.  Students will: Address...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...