October, 2011

  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • How can I troubleshoot ADFS issues with Office 365?

      This was asked by a university in Southern California. Here are some new tools to help you troubleshoot your ADFS and your Office 365 setup: ADFS Connectivity Analyzer tool You can also use the Remote Connectivity Analyzer to help you troubleshoot...
  • Resource mailboxes are the best way to handle room bookings!

    Wouldn’t it be great if you could get rid of that pile of paper, that book or binder, that holds all the bookings for a particular room or piece of equipment? Well, with Live@edu you can because resource mailboxes are the best way to handle room bookings...
  • Teaching Kids to Read but not Write?

    A tweet passed though my stream last night. Eugene Wallingford retweeted someone else’s statement “ Teaching students how to operate software, but not produce software, is like teaching kids to read & not write. (via @ KevlinHenney )” Apparently this caused some conversation among followers. I missed most of it the first time because of how Twitter handles replies but I was able to catch up on it later. One reply that Wallingford repeated several times was “ @ wallingf A computer is not just a tool; it is a medium of expression, and an increasingly important one .” Together there is an set...
  • Microsoft @EDUCAUSE2011

    Microsoft Education is ready for EDUCAUSE 2011. Get a glimpse of next week's conference event. No related posts. ...read more
  • Curious Greg builds a lab Part IV

    Today Curious Greg is going to Houston to visit the Johnson Space Center. Before he leaves he wanted to share the final configuration pieces to the hybrid lab. When we last left the lab we configured our virtual directories. Today we will start with address...
  • Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo 2011

      Last week I attended part of SIEGE 2011 ( Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo ) in Atlanta Georgia. Before the main part of the conference started the conference hosted hundreds of high school and middle school students for a college open house and presentations on a variety of topics.  I was there to talk a bit about how students can learn to create their own games using a verity of tools from Microsoft. I started with some information about trends in computer gaming such as more and more graphics, faster and faster processors, and new and different devices for game...
  • Students use QR codes to uncover the history around them

    I have been blogging a lot recently on how teachers who are making projects real-world and authentic are achieving amazing outcomes (see salmon fishing in Alaska and student entrepreneurs ). We see plenty of words tossed around to describe the teaching...
  • SMTP Relay

    One of my customers asked me this the other day, “When we move to Exchange Online and no longer have an on-premises Exchange environment how do we support Line of Business (LOB) applications that need to send email messages”. In this scenario you can...
  • Interesting Links 10 October 2011

    Last week the computing industry lost one of its great innovators in Steve Jobs. It’s a great loss especially for his wife, children and friends. We don’t know who will be the next big innovator of course but we can try to encourage talented people to enter the field and change the world in their own ways. That is an important part of the motivation behind Microsoft’s donation of 2,400 Kinect Sensor devices to FIRST Robotics last week. ( Be The Robot ) I also spoke to about 600 students in Atlanta last week, more on that tomorrow, about computer science careers especially as related to game design...
  • Be The Robot

    One of the issues with computer science is that some people would rather move atoms than pixels. That is to say that virtual objects, even if they involve images on a screen, are less compelling to some than physical objects doing actual work in the real world. Robots have long been involved in the connection between real and virtual worlds.  How do we control those robots? How much autonomy is there and how much is machines responding to direct human control? Well that all depends. Some tasks are easily programmed and easily done by “rote.” Others have too much variability or require to much...
  • Dynamic Distribution Groups–Part 2

    Now you see me… Now you don’t! In part one of this blog-couplet I talked about how you can very simply create a dynamic distribution group using a little bit of PowerShell. We also looked at how you can test to make sure that the right people will get...
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  • Want to know the best time to going fishing for salmon in Alaska? Ask a student.

    Fishing and land use are two critical issues for the state of Alaska. It may not come as a huge surprise that these issues are frequent topics of discussion in Jason Arthur’s class.  Jason teaches at Highland Tech High School in Anchorage. It might...
  • What are all the Office 365 for Education PowerShell command options?

      This was a question from a university in New Orleans looking to move to Office 365 for Education.  There are two PowerShell scenarios applicable to Office 365 for Education. The first scenario is leveraging PowerShell for overall management...
  • Have you signed up for a community screening of American Teacher?

    It’s been just over a week since the release of American Teacher , and I’m thrilled that communities all over the U.S. are scheduling their own community screenings. We’ve had more than a 1000 requests for screenings from parents, community...
  • Celebrating the most innovative schools on World Teacher’s Day

    In celebration of World Teachers’ Day , I’m excited to congratulate the 2012 class of Mentor and Pathfinder schools joining the Microsoft Partners in Learning (PIL) Schools Program. These schools and the teachers behind them are a constant...
  • Dynamic Distribution Groups–Part 1

    Hear, ye! Hear, ye! From secondary schools to universities there are lots of reasons why you’d want to send email to lots of users at once. Maybe it’s the meeting request for the weekly staff briefing, or a project deadline to your tutor group. Dynamic...
  • Conversations in Kodu

    Recently the Kodu team announced a new version of Kodu and a new Kodu Community Website. You can read a lot of the details at Announcing the Kodu v1.2 and the Kodu Community Website The expanded community web site is pretty cool. What's the Kodu Community Website ? Also new in this release is the Kodu Community Website (including the discussion forum you are reading now!) This gives Kodu users the opportunity to share more easily, with a broader community, and to exchange ideas and feedback on the Web. The forums alone are going to be a life saver for me I am sure! As before, anyone can share a...
  • Curious Greg builds a Lab–Part III

      The yellow man in the hat has been breathing down on me lately to continue my exploits. Today I’ll cover how we setup trusts and start to configure a hybrid Exchange environment. In my lab I have a CAS/HT server and a MBX server both are Exchange...
  • Quality of Testing and Quality of Code

    I see a good number of Tweets in my Twitter stream that just flash by without leaving any impression. Chatty comments between people I barely know (if at all), links to things that don’t really interest me, and other items that really don’t have a lifetime beyond a few minutes after they are sent. But enough them really do make me think or take action that it makes Twitter  pretty useful for me. Recently I saw the following Tweet from Eugene Wallingford. Student developers do “interesting” things. For example many of them try to write the whole project before starting to test. Oh they may...
  • Frank Machos Teaches Cameron Evans about Music, Marketing, and Consumerism

    I was attracted to Frank Machos’ display from the Philadelphia School of the Future because of the MIDI music instruments and computers that he had.  When we talked, I discovered that this was not a music course, but a marketing class. Frank’s innovative approach is to get students to understand how various aspects of consumer [...] Related posts: Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko [updated] ...read more