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January, 2012

  • Redefining Access to Education and Training

    With the U.S. unemployment rate holding steady around 9 percent, job creation and education are top of mind as many fellow citizens are missing out on the economic recovery, and inadequate education is hampering many workers’ ability to obtain available...
  • Learn more about Microsoft's teaching & eLearning technologies at FETC in Orlando

    Are you in Orlando this week attending FETC ?! If you are, we hope you can stop by and spend some time in the Microsoft booth (#137) to learn more about our innovative technology solutions for your school. The expansion in Internet connectivity and...
  • The America Within Our Reach

    President Obama lays out a blueprint for America and keeps education front and center on the national agenda. ...read more
  • Washington D.C. and Microsoft Announce Nation’s First “Digital Alliance” Initiative With Focus On Education

    I had the privilege and opportunity this morning to attend Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s bi-weekly press conference where he announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft to bring increased technology access, education and training to...
  • We Need A Wider Conversation on CS Education

    There is an active conversation going on in the UK about computing education. From the Royal Society report ( Shut down or restart?: The way forward for computing in UK schools ) to Op-ed pieces in newspapers to blogs people are asking “ why are we not teaching students more computer science? ” I see some of that conversation in the US as well. Andy Young’s piece on Why programming should be required in schools was Slash Dotted this week. The response on Slashdot is mixed. We have Computer Science Education Week now and some in Congress are talking about the need to do more. But far too little...
  • Inviting ALL EDUCATORS to share their GREAT IDEAS

    I love sharing by educators. It is one clear way that I believe we can all make education work better. So this announcement seemed like something I had to share. The NEA Foundation, Microsoft US Partners in Learning Seek Solutions Using Technology to Engage Students in Learning New Challenge to Innovate Query Offers $1,000 Awards for Educators ’ Best Ideas WASHINGTON, DC (Jan. 23, 2012) -- How can interactive technology and game-based learning help students learn? In its latest Challenge to Innovate (C2i) initiative, the NEA Foundation has partnered with Microsoft US Partners in Learning to encourage...
  • Kinect Sweepstakes For Schools

    Energize your classroom and get students moving! Enter for a chance to win a Kinect TM for Xbox 360® prize package for your school! Learn more about Kinect. Get activity plans for your school. ...read more
  • January 2012 Tech Student of the Month – Chevon Christie

    Happy New Years to all of our readers! We’re kicking off 2012 with an exciting new profile of our latest Tech Student of the Month, Chevon Christie. Chevon is a Microsoft Student Partner and is currently a Junior studying Computer Science at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in New York City. He is a passionate developer with a number of hit apps out in the Windows Phone Marketplace such as NYC Travel and Drynks . It is our pleasure to share his story with the tech student community. Chevon’s passion for technology started at the young age of 12 when he got his first...
  • Interesting Posts 30 January 2012

    Wow! January if almost over. Groundhog Day coming up this week. I wonder if these is a fun computing project around Groundhog’s Day? Randomly choose if the groundhog see his shadow and we have an early spring? Or is it an early spring if he doesn’t see his shadow? I’ll have to Bing that.   Starting off this week in New Jersey at the high school computer science workshop run by Stevens Institute. I come most years as there are just a wonderful bunch of high school computer science teachers from all over New Jersey and some from across the river in New York as well. More on that tomorrow perhaps...
  • SkyDrive and Office Web Apps

    For schools, colleges and universities looking for a powerful tool for their students to help them better collaborate on group projects, SkyDrive and Office Web Apps is the ideal solution. Those looking for a web based solution often think about Google...
  • PST Capture is now available as a free download

    Just announced on The Exchange Team Blog, “Today, we are happy to announce that PST Capture is now available as a free download.” PST Capture helps you search your network to discover and then import .pst files across your environment - all from a straightforward...
  • Are You Applying for the 2012 US Forum?

    Last summer I attended the US Innovative Education Forum in Redmond and came home quite inspired by the teachers and projects I saw. Dozens of teachers using technology to improve the quality and quantity of learning with their students. Microsoft Partners in Learning is now looking for this year’s crop of interesting, inspiring and innovative teachers and projects to attend the 2012 US Forum   in Redmond, this summer. I’ve copied some of the information about this event below but I hope you will check out the 2012 US Forum   page for yourself to learn about this wonderful opportunity...
  • Using a BlackBerry with Office 365

    Wouldn’t it be cool if you could use your BlackBerry to access Office 365? Well, now you can ! Yesterday RIM officially announced that BlackBerry Business Cloud Services was available for Office 365 customers. Key features: Wireless synchronization with...
  • The Fifth Year of Higher Innovation

    I did not want to let January slip away without acknowledging that Higher Innovation is four years old. Over 260 articles on education, technology, STEM, innovation, creative, and learning have been written over the past four years.  It has been fun and exploratory journey. In February, I will share my [...] ...read more
  • Top Five Über Themes for 2012

    Like every year before this one, 2012 will be an important year. However, the reasons will surprise you. No related posts. ...read more
  • Interesting Links 02 January 2012

    Happy New Year! My best wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to all my readers. Today is technically the last day of y vacation. Back to a full day’s work tomorrow. I did spend some time over the weekend putting this together though. A lot happened over the holiday week just past. Ray Chambers continues his programming with Kinect series with: Lesson 9–Kinect Speech Recognition Lesson 8–Drag and Drop with the Kinect SDK Lesson 7–Control Your Mouse Cursor with Kinect SDK Lesson 6–Coding 4 Fun toolkit fix Kinect Calculator–New App! Johnny Kissko  @ johnnyeducation writes about ...
  • Can XBOX 360 Turn Anyone into a Rock Star?

    XBOX 360 debuts immersive learning for the masses. Now, everyone can become a Rock Star! Related posts: Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko [updated] Skype Joins Microsoft! CSEdWeek: Beginner’s Resource Guide for App Developers – Updated ...read more
  • Computer Science Orphans

    I had a conversation with one one of the senior managers of the FIRST Lego League challenge. FIRST Lego League or FLL is a robot related competition for students in grades four through eight. I mentioned that I had been to the Maine State FLL championship  recently ( Creating Engineers One Student At A Time ) and found that there were many more FLL teams than there were high school FRC or FTC ( FIRST Robotics Competition or FIRST Tech Challenge ) teams for them to join when they moved up to high school. Apparently the FIRST people see this as a problem of FLL orphans – students who get excited...
  • BETT 2012!

    Yes, it’s finally time to pack away the Christmas decorations, reset the alarm clock for work and return to normality, but there’s no need to be disheartened because it’s almost time for BETT ! (Cue rapturous applause…) Come and see where it’s really...
  • Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition

    Registration for the Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition is now open. Bliink ( http://bit.ly/Bliink ) is open to Illinois students ages 13-19 participating in teams of two to four. This year’s competition is co-sponsored by Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois Technology Association, and the Chicago Public Schools. We hope educators will include Bliink in their lessons this winter and excite their students with this engaging, real-world team project and the cool prizes they can win by designing websites with Microsoft Expression® Studio. Students will: · Receive Microsoft...
  • Where can I find end user training for Office 365?

    This was a question from a university in Nebraska moving to Office 365 for Education for faculty and staff.   Here are some links you can provide to your end users or you can download the recorded sessions and host them on an intranet site:  ...
  • Navigating the world via Bing and Microsoft Translator

    One of the things I love about the Bing toolbar is the translation service that uses Microsoft Translator technology to provide online automatic translation of text and web pages. In my worldwide role, I am increasingly traveling to countries I’ve...
  • Fly the Friendly Skies with Microsoft Flight

    Take trip to the Big Island of Hawaii with Microsoft Flight. A perfect getaway for the cold winter season. No related posts. ...read more
  • CS & IT 2012–Participate Actively!

    Back in the end of November I posted the call for proposals for the 12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology Conference. Did you see it? Have you been thinking about a proposal? have you submitted a proposal yet? The deadline is rapidly approaching (January 31st 2012 is the deadline) So you  still have time but you do need to act soon. Ok so you ay be thinking “what could I present on?” or perhaps “I’m not a professional presenter? or even “I’m not good enough to present to that audience.” If so the only thing you really have to worry about is picking a topic. Let me give...
  • Lync Mobile Clients Are Here!

    It really does not matter how cool you think your smartphone is if does not help you be more productive at work. Discover how Lync 2010 can make your smartphone smarter. Related posts: Skype Joins Microsoft! Tale of the Seadragon and the Leopard ...read more