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November, 2011

  • November 2011 Tech Student of the Month – Patrick Godwin

    We are proud to announce our next Tech Student of the Month, Patrick Godwin, a freshman studying engineering and computer design at the University of Michigan and a third year Microsoft Student Insider who dedicates himself to being a leader and sharing his expertise with the technical community. Patrick’s passion for technology dates back to middle school when he first realized his interest in computers. It started out when he was given the opportunity to put a couple of computers back together and explore the hardware side of the equation. In efforts to learn more about his newly found interest...
  • What firewall ports do I need open to connect to Office 365 for Education?

    This was a question for a large university in Arizona moving faculty, staff and students to Office 365. Here are the ports from the deployment guide (note: these are subject to change so refer here to the latest Port and IP list):   Can I lock it...
  • The Perfect Educational Computer Lab

    I had the following question via Twitter the other day “ Hey Alfred. We got permission to overhaul our computer lab, Have you seen any innovative strategies or configurations?” Now this is a question that comes up pretty regularly among computer science teachers. Or teachers who teach computer applications for that matter. Every time the subject comes up there are a lot of different opinions. These opinions cover things like types of computers, arraignment of desks and computer tables, assorted “must have” teaching aides and more. As far as I can tell there really is no one size fits all answer...
  • 12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference.

    The Computer Science Teachers Association runs what I consider the single best and most important professional development events of the year for computer science educators - the Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference . I’m honored and excited  to be on the program committee again this year. Yesterday the CSTA sent the following their membership. This is too great an event to miss so I wanted to make  sure I promoted it here as well. Are you doing something cool and interesting in computer science education? If so I hope you will think about submitting to this...
  • Interesting Links 28 November 2011

    Last week was a quiet one for me. Thanksgiving holiday in the US meant I didn’t spend as much time on the Internet as usual. Also a lot less blogging and email activity by many of the people I look to for interesting links. This week should be more active. I did find a few links to hare though. First off a suggestion that if you missed these two posts of mine from last week you should check them out: The Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back – a chance for learn about the cloud and show off ones programming chops at the same time Programming for Absolute Beginners from Channel...
  • Programming for Absolute Beginners from Channel 9

    Channel 9 has just launched an absolute beginner series to help people learn to program. There are two versions of the Development for Absolute beginners materials – one for Visual Basic and one for C# Well worth checking out. Visual Basic Development for Absolute Beginners C# Development for Absolute Beginners   There are some additional resources that have been out for a bit longer that you may not know about. Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners   Kinect Quickstarts ScriptTD :   a  tower defense engine for Windows Phone 7 – Andrew Parsons has some great help...
  • Deployment Webcast Recordings

    We missed you! But that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up on our latest deployment webcasts any time you like! We record our webcasts so you can catch up on-demand, so below you’ll find both sessions embedded and available for download from Windows Live...
  • 1,2,3: Software for Free!

    Written by Megan Benjamin Heading out with the masses for Black Friday? Cool. But if you feel like staying in and geeking out all day instead of fighting over this year’s equivalent of Tickle Me Elmo, my oh my have we got a treat for you. Don’t shop ‘til you drop ; get yourself some free Microsoft software instead. And by the way, we’re not talking free beta, subpar software either; this is the real deal! Think of it like your early holiday gift to yourself. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. 1. Get Verified. If you’re a student (or an educator) at a legit academic...
  • The Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back

    The Rock Paper Azure Challenge is back and you could win big! Play Rock, Paper, Scissors in the cloud for your chance to win a trip to Cancun, an Acer Aspire S3 Laptop, a Windows Phone, or an XBOX 360/Kinect bundle! Entering is simple – create a player bot (sample code provided) and enter it before December 16 th . Winners will be chosen at random from all bots submitted. Want to test your strategic coding skills as well? Build a killer bot to crush the competition and see how you stack up against other players on the Leaderboard. Each Friday the top 5 players will receive a $50.00...
  • Interesting Links 21 November 2011

    This week will be a short one with the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US later this week. I’m not sure how much I will be posting this week or how many links I will be collecting. Last week was a regular week though and I have a selection of links to share with you. Cheryl Arnett ( @ c_arnett ) blogs about her experiences using the Kinect sensor in her classroom at   Why Kinect?   In other Kinect news, read about Developing a Kinect game that mimics how seismologists deploy seismic instruments following a large earthquake. Microsoft announces new Challenges for Imagine Cup 2012 : Put...
  • Learn how to deploy Live@edu on our free webcast!

    Only 24 hours to go! There are only a few hours to go before the second episode of our free webcast series – register today! In this second part we’ll be concentrating on deployment and migration, covering some basic scenarios, resources available and...
  • Big App On Campus

    Microsoft announced a Windows Phone development contest for college/university students in the US (sorry about both the US only and the 18+ only – I’m just the messenger)  The full details with contest rules and other stuff may be found at  Do You Have What it Takes to be the Big App on Campus? but briefly: Microsoft is partnering with the band The Gracious Few to create an amazing experience for ten (10) students in Austin, TX at SXSW :  a private concert, backstage passes, a private dinner with the band, and being interviewed on national radio about their apps. There are also ...
  • Xbox: By the Numbers

    Written by Megan Benjamin This past Tuesday marked the 10-year anniversary of Xbox, Microsoft’s first foray into the gaming world. Since that fated day in 2001, Xbox has hit some major gaming milestones. From the original Xbox to the Xbox 360 you know and love today, here’s a look at Xbox by the numbers! 57.6 million Xbox 360s sold (as of Sep 30, 2011) 882 Games exclusive to Xbox 360 >1000 G ames available for Xbox 360 2001 The year Xbox hit the market for the first time >1 Number of crazy girlfriends who smashed their boyfriend’s Xbox because they couldn’t...
  • Some people take notes. Do you?

    According to a survey released Thursday from the National Survey of Student Engagement , many students fail to use effective study techniques to help them succeed in school. The New York Times reported , "The great majority of students take notes in class, but fewer than two-thirds review them later, and even fewer take notes while reading." ...( read more ) ...read more
  • Jobs for America’s Graduates honors Microsoft with “Top Corporate Investor of the Year” Award

    As an active national board member for Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), I was privileged to represent Microsoft this week at JAG’s 22nd Annual National Leadership Awards where Microsoft was awarded the “Top Corporate Investor of the...
  • Collection of Kinect in Education Links

    Thanks to Johnny Kissko ( 9 Excellent Programming Resources for Kinect ) I recently discovered Ray Chambers who is “currently teaching ICT at Lodge Park Technology College in Corby Northamptonshire.” in England  who has been doing a lot with Kinect. Check out some of his more recent blog posts. Kinect Orchestra! – Made using Kinect SDK Beta 2! Digestive System–Kinect and Science Using the Kinect Within Science Spelling Test with Kinect! He’s making a lot of his code available which is great. I’ll still digging into it. SO much code – so little time. Also there is Kinect to Scratch which looks...
  • 64-bit Directory Synchronization tool available for download from Office 365 Portal

    If you are planning to deploy the Microsoft Online Services Directory Synchronization tool (DirSync) for synchronization from Active Directory to Office 365, then we have some important news for you. There’s a 32-bit DirSync client AND a 64-bit DirSync...
  • Partner Event: Salford Software on cost savings using Microsoft technologies!

    In partnership with Microsoft, Salford Software is hosting two events for FE and HE organisations. With cost savings still a concern for many, the theme of the events is delivering efficiencies through Microsoft technologies. “ Make it efficient, effective...
  • Live@edu sets a new all time high user record, Office 365 starts blazing a trail

    According to Bing, 22 million could refer to a number of things today: the approximate population of Australia. the number of barrels of oil Ghana has produced since 2010 the number of workers that used a social network to land a job the...
  • UK Live@edu Momentum News and Office 365 for Education Update

    What a year! It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since the last BETT show in London – even scarier still to think that it’s just a few weeks until I, and the rest of the team, will be there again for BETT 2012! Way back in January we published...
  • Live@edu Tops 22M Users, Grows 100 Percent Year Over Year

    (Sharing my blog post today from the Official Microsoft Blog ) Today, I’m pleased to announce that more than 22 million people now use Live@edu, representing a 100 percent year-over-year increase. That’s more than 27,000 new people signing...
  • C# Mini Course

    So this is an experiment of sorts. Last summer I was asked to train some college students in C#. The goal was to get them ready to teach some very basic programming to high school students for a short summer program. The students I was to train were in South Dakota. Now South Dakota is a wonderful place but I didn’t quite have the travel funds to go out and do this in person so I did it online. Since I had the capability to record the training I did. Later I gathered it all up and put it on the Faculty Connection in the Faculty Resource section. You can find this C# Mini Course here . What’s in...
  • U.S. teachers that are going to change the world

    Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 7th annual Partners in Learning Global Forum. I attended for the first time last year in Cape Town, South Africa, and this time the venue was Washington, D.C. We were honored to welcome and host hundreds...
  • Leading With Kinect

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting a group of students from the Boston Preparatory Charter Public School. I even wore a tie because these students wear ties as part of their uniform and somehow I felt under dressed without a tie on previous visits. These were tenth graders who were visiting a couple of companies today on field trips. I was talking to them about careers in computer science and information technology. It’s the sort of thing I do regularly. Today I decided to do things a little differently. Usually I show technology at the end if there is time and interest but today I lead with...
  • Office 365 for Education learning snack series: 1st Edition

      As a team, we have decided to post some videos on various Office 365 for Education topics. We call these short 5-6 minute videos ‘learning snacks’ so it is not too long and you can learn something in a ‘snack’ size quick format. The first edition...