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October, 2011

  • Microsoft partners with FCC on “Connect to Compete” initiative

    Here at Microsoft, we are excited to partner with the FCC and support the “Connect to Compete” initiative that strives to bring all Americans access to broadband, computers, software and the knowledge needed to compete in the global market...
  • Putting your students in the court room–mock trial, of course

    I met Kelli Etheredge just over three years ago. She was selected to attend the Partners in Learning 2009 US Innovative Education Forum and was there showcasing her work as a literature teacher and teaching & learning lead at St. Paul’s Episcopal...
  • Preparation to Teach High School Computer Science

    “What qualifies you to teach computer science?” The question took my off guard. The tone as much as the words seem to be more of a challenge than anything else. The man who asked it was visiting the school where I was teaching during an open house for prospective students. Private schools, such as that one, really have to sell themselves to parents so questions about qualifications are important. My reply what that I had a Masters in Computer Science and 18 years as a professional software developer. That seemed to satisfy him much to my relief. That sort of formal experience is rare in high school...
  • Skype Joins Microsoft!

    It's official. Microsoft closes its acquisition of Skype. Related posts: XBOX LIVE Goes Visual In A Whole New Way Polycom Takes The Reigns for Microsoft Office RoundTable Facebook on XBOX Live Coming Soon ...read more
  • BES integration with Exchange Online in Education

    We have had a lot of interest from our education customers on integration with BES in Exchange Online in Office 365. This is something that has not been available in Live@EDU in the past. RIM is making their BlackBerry Could Services for Microsoft Office...
  • Interesting Links 17 October 2011

    I spent two days are a Windows Phone event last week. One of several I posted date for at Your Chance to Learn Windows Phone Development for Free There are a lot more of them up and down the east coast. We had a few faculty members and students at this one and I think they  all learned a lot. I know I did. The Teacher Tech blog had an interesting featuring the work of Kelli Etheredge @ ketheredge who I I met at the US Innovative Education Forum this summer. Read about it at Putting your students in the court room–mock trial, of course Know a tech-savvy girl? Encourage her to apply for the...
  • FREE Webcast Series

    Between now and Christmas 2011 we’ll be running a free webcast series that we’d like you to be a part of! Over three sessions we’ll be talking about what Microsoft Live@edu is, how you can deploy and migrate to it, and how you can promote it at your institution...
  • Useful PowerShell Command Builder tool to help you design PowerShell scripts for your Office 365 tenant

      If you are new to PowerShell or the Office 365 specific tenant cmdlets in PowerShell, here is a nice tool called the PowerShell Command Builder. It allows you to visually build your Office 365 tenant PowerShell scripts.  It doesn’t have Exchange...
  • New Hampshire TechFest 2011

    Last Saturday I spend the day at Windham High School in Windham New Hampshire for the second annual NH TechFest . TechFest is a project  created by parents and others interested in making sure that students are exposed to information about STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) careers in an interesting way. They have recruited a good group of companies – local, regional and local divisions of national companies to set up exhibits and hands on experiences. There were telescopes aimed at the sun. A company that makes equipment for scanning for explosives. The FBI was there talking about...
  • How Many Jobs Are There For Poets

    I was listening to an Internet stream of Gary Stager presenting a keynote at an education conference in Iowa the other day. The technology for this amazes me but the opportunity it provides is even more impressive. In any case, during his talk he presented a conversation that went something like this: "Are you suggesting every kid should learn to program?" "Well...we decided every kid should learn haiku..YES! why NOT programming?” I had a sarcastic Tweet that I followed this with - We teach school kids to write poetry but not program computers because there are so many more jobs...
  • Imagine Cup as Group Projects

    One of the things that often makes Imagine Cup entries a good educational experience is that they require planning and team work. A good Imagine Cup entry is seldom a one person project. Many universities use the Imagine Cup, especially the Software Design event, as senior projects. The Game Event makes a great team project even earlier in ones education however. Pat Yongpradit has been using the Imagine Cup Game Design event as a group project for several years now. He’s had a team make it as far as the US Finals in that category. This is quite an accomplishment as most of the competitors are...
  • Come see us at EDUCAUSE! Microsoft Booth #1009

    Education IT is not one size fits all. That's why Microsoft provides education software and services for real-world IT environments—cost-effective, flexible solutions that support your efforts to drive efficiency, foster learning, and improve student...
  • Leveraging SharePoint for your LMS

    As schools and teachers continue to use digital assets for collaboration, homework assignments, and more, learning management systems and tools such as Moodle have grown in popularity in classrooms. ELEARNINGFORCE manages to take many of the same features...
  • Partner Event: OCG European Identity & Access Summit 2011

    In partnership with Microsoft and complementary technology partners, Oxford Computer Group (OCG) is again hosting the European Summit for Microsoft Identity and Access. This year the theme is "Managing Identity and Access on-premise and in the Cloud"...
  • Project-based Learning that’s Preparing Students for the Future

    At first this project made my head hurt. Okay, that’s not quite fair, but I had to read Lou Zulli’s application to the Partners in Learning 2011 US Innovative Education Forum twice before I really realized, or maybe believed, that kids were...
  • More Access to the ACM Digital Library

    One of the great resources available on the Internet is the ACM Digital Library . One of the problems for many is that access to this library is not free. I am a long time member of the ACM especially of SIGCSE – the Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education – and that membership gets me access to the SIGCSE publications which I read regularly and whose archive on the Digital Library I find very useful. My employer provides access to the wider collection as well. This is not an option for everyone however. Teachers particularly have limited budgets for memberships, subscriptions and...
  • What type of hardware do I need for a Dirsync server?

      This was a question asked by a community college customer deploying Office 365 for Education near Seattle.    Dirsync server syncs AD user objects, groups, contacts to Office 365. User objects are synced as MSO IDs and all mail enabled...
  • Interesting Links 24 October 2011

    I am constantly amazed by the opportunities to learn things online by virtual attendance at events these days. In the past week I listened to a keynote (Live streamed) by Gary Stager from Iowa, followed a lot of Twitter traffic from EduCause, and Saturday listened to a round table on education sponsored by Dell ( http://www.DoMoreEdu.com ) All that and learned a lot from other Twitter traffic, various blog posts (I still love blogs for sharing information), and in person meetings I had for work. All in all an interesting week. I expect this one to be even more interesting as I travel to the NH...
  • Update for Lync for Mac 14.0.1 helps connect to Lync Online

      We had a few customers having some issues connecting to Lync Online from Lync for Mac 2011.  The good news is this past weekend we provided a Microsoft Lync for Mac 2011 14.0.1 Update package available for download to help correct some of...
  • Mini-Grants for Collaborative Projects to Include Disabled Youth in CS

    Passing along this announcement from the CSTA Blast announcement list. Computer science has a lot of opportunity to help differently abled people but to maximize the value need to think about including them in the process. In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Computer Science Collaboration Project (CSCP) has announced the availability of mini-grant funding as an incentive for collaborative projects to efficiently increase the participation of K-12 youth with disabilities in computer science. These mini-grants are designed to build collaboration between participants from...
  • Kinect-ing at the NJSBA Annual Workshop

    Normally the conferences I attend are about educational technology or computer science education. Events like ISTE, MASSCue, TCEA, SIGCSE or CSTA’s CS & IT. But the last two days I have been at the New Jersey School Board Association annual workshop. We’re hear talking about Kinect in Education . Yesterday we had a talk on their conference exhibit hall’s main stage. Today we were in the exhibit hall demoing Kinect and talking to attendees about Kinect. We’ve had some great conversations. Kinect in Education is still in its infancy and people (both in schools and at Microsoft) are still figuring...
  • October Tech Student of the Month – Shashank Srinivas

    October is reaching its end which means its come time to announce our next Tech Student of the Month! This month, we are pleased to highlight Shashank Srinivas, a striving scholar at Arizona State University and a member of Team Note-Taker , the second place winners of the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup competition in Software Design! We want to start out by saying congratulations to Team Note-taker and highlight our appreciation for their incredible work by sharing Shashank’s story. Shashank’s exposure to technology began over fifteen years ago at the young age of three when his father...
  • Preaching to the STEM Choir

    This week I received an announcement about yet another “STEM Summit.” My first reaction was - are these STEM Summits just “preaching to the choir?” Now as a preacher’s kid the term “preaching to the choir” has real meaning to me. On one hand it means talking to the already converted – those who already believe what you are talking about. If your job is to convert more people this can feel like a useless exercise. I think for most people that is what the term means – wasting your time trying to convert the already converted. In fact though there is a second piece to preaching to the choir. That...
  • Who says a 5th grader can’t run a business?

    Defining and setting goals is a difficult process. Setting life goals and attempting to answer that big question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is perhaps one of the most challenging of all. Attempting to answer this depends on our stage...
  • How do YOU pronounce FOPE? Sign in for the first time

    If you are an Exchange Online or Outlook Live tenant administrator, then you can access the Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) Administration Center via a hyperlink in the Exchange Control Panel. And with a few additional steps, you can login...