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September, 2011

  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Developer Jobs for America with Windows 8

    While the President and the Congress work out a bipartisan way to create jobs for Americans, Microsoft steps in and offers 450,000,000 income opportunities. ...You can watch the on-demand stream here. Related posts: Reimagining Windows Windows for Kids Journey to the next release of Windows ...read more
  • How green is your cloud, Microsoft?

    Schools and universities sometimes ask me to tell them all about how moving onto our cloud offerings like Office 365 , Live@edu , Azure , Dynamics CRM Online , and so on, can support their green initiatives. This is a story I am always excited to tell...
  • To Buy, or Not To Buy- That is the Question

    So school has started and you already have to make big decisions like: money for books or food for the entire year?! The cost of books has definitely spiked over the past 8 years, but thanks to technology- specifically online retailers, auctions sites and classifieds- the cost of any one book can range drastically. If money is tight, skip the school bookstore line and check out some of the sites below. Book Rentals : There are a slew of new sites that will loan you a college textbook for the semester and charge you about 1/3 of what it would cost to purchase (not counting the space it would...
  • What is an app?

    In the Mobile Game Design and Mobile App Design categories of the NFTE World Series of Innovation students are asked to design an app or a game for a mobile device such as an Windows Phone. But what do an “app” mean in that context?  The meaning of words changes over time. I hear that the word “awful” used to mean the same thing as “awesome” but over time awful was used so often in a sarcastic way that the meaning changed. Seems plausible – true or not. A word today that seems to also be changing meaning is “app.” In general it is a short form of the word “application” as you can see in this...
  • Windows Phone Student App of the Week: Toddler Animal Flash Cards

    Toddler Animal Flash Cards Author: Metz Technologies This is an application for toddlers to learn about different animals, what sounds they make, how they look, and how to read their names. There are over 40 animals that display on the app and make fun noises. Use this app when you are waiting to be seated at a restaurant or at the doctor’s office, to keep your kids occupied. Download now Screens Here we are at the final week of the Windows Phone App-a-thon blog series! Over these past seven...
  • Active Families Are Smarter Families

    Did you know that you and your family are smarter when you are more active? Discover the consumer technologies that are impacting education--from Kinect for XBOX 360 to Microsoft HealthVault. Related posts: Kinect Your Family’s Health with Play ...read more
  • Reimagining Windows

    Microsoft is reimagining Windows and the devices that run Windows. Discover the all of the resources to stay up-to-date on what's next for Windows and the entire ecosystem from the //Build Windows Conference in Anaheim, CA. Related posts: Journey to the next release of Windows Tablet PCs for Education: Fundamentals Internet Explorer 9 Embraces E-Learning ...read more
  • Getting a 140-Character Education

    (cross-posted from the Publicyte blog ) Andrea Genevieve Michnik (Austin, TX) — In my opinion, education in America right now looks a lot like the housing market did in 2009 — in other words, slipping down a slope on its way to a crash...
  • 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
  • Back to school! 20 tips to ease the pain

    As we all reluctantly come back from vacation and return to our regular school schedules, we need a jumpstart to get us back into our routines. What kind of school work will you need to do? Write a report with an MLA-formatted bibliography? Or collaborate on a presentation? How are your math skills? I've pulled together 20 Office tips to help you get back in the school groove . ...( read more ) ...read more
  • Interesting Links 12 September 2011

    After a wonderful long weekend for Labor Day I spent the rest of last week in San Antonio Texas for a series of meetings. This didn’t leave me a lot of time for blogging or for looking up new things to share. But I did stumble across a few things I hope some of you will find interesting. And let’s start with the jokes. Not just any jokes though – geeky computer jokes. These two passed across my screen this week and they are too good not to share. The problem with jokes about CSS is that everybody interprets them differently. The best thing about UDP jokes is that I don't care whether or not you...
  • Remembering heroes on 9/11

    As an American and a New Yorker, the impact of the events on 9/11 has certainly had a deep personal impact on me. I was actually traveling to visit schools in Florida the morning of 9/11. I left from Boston’s Logan International Airport, the...
  • 8 Amazing Student Apps

    (Cross-posted from the Windows Phone Developer Blog ) Summer is winding down and Mango is right around the corner. We can’t wait to get Mango out broadly and for developers to unleash their new apps. There have been lots of activities going on...
  • Microsoft Offers Tips to U.S. Teens & Parents on Good Digital Citizenship

    (Cross-posted from the Microsoft on the Issues blog ) A new Microsoft study shows that before posting personal information online, more than half of U.S. teens and parents don’t truly consider the potential consequences of their actions. Teens...
  • NFTE World Series of Innovation

    Innovation! What is is and how can we teach it to children? Big questions today as many of us believe that innovation in many forms is absolutely critical to success in these “interesting” times. Anyone who has spent any time with children (of any age) knows that they are creative and out of the box thinkers. All too often we don’t find enough outlets for that creativity. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship ( NFTE )  is an organization that has as its mission helping to deal with that problem by encouraging and supporting the teaching of innovation. One event that they run is called...
  • What do you get with Exchange Hybrid?

      This was a question from a university in Utah looking to deploy students on Office 365 and keep their faculty staff with on prem Exchange 2010. What does Exchange Hybrid deployment mean? Exchange Hybrid deployment means you want to maintain rich...
  • ScriptTD: Tower Defense Game Creation Made Easy

    Coding a game from scratch is hard. Make no mistake about there is a lot to it. OF course many people, especially students, think they are all ready to create the next great game. They can easily be frustrated when they find out that they don’t know near enough about programming (among other things) to make what they want. Fortunately there are shortcuts. One of them is Script TD: ScriptTD is an open source project that allows anyone to easily create a new Tower Defense game for the Windows Phone 7 platform, without any prior programming knowledge. The project lets you create new art & audio...
  • 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...
  • A Winning Strategy: Teaching Students and Cultivating an Interest in Computer Science

    (Cross-posted from the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog) Combating viruses, saving the lives of expectant mothers, and retrieving food from a warehouse controlled by an evil dictator; it’s not just fun and games in teacher Pat Yongpradit’s...
  • 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...
  • What is STEM and why is it important? #STEMtember

    (cross-posted from the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Blog ) STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. STEM education is not only critical for preparing our future doctors, researchers, rocket scientists and game designers, it’s...