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...
  • A turning point for education? Trends to watch in 2012.

    Will the year 2012 prove to be a turning point for education? There’s certainly an ever-increasing spotlight on the quality of education and an interest to help improve it from all corners of society. As I travel around the world, I see many technology...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Two New Imagine Cup Challenges for 2012

    The Imagine Cup just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Today two more challenges were announced via the Imagine Cup blog ( Microsoft Announces Windows Metro Style App and Kinect Fun Labs Challenges for Imagine Cup 2012 ). One challenge is specifically for Kinect applications while the other is for Windows Metro Style apps for Windows 8! Kinect Fun Labs Challenge The Kinect Fun Labs Challenge brings Imagine Cup into the living room and expands the role of Kinect in competition, inviting you to think about entertainment with a social conscience and solve the world’s toughest problems using Kinect...
  • One Option for How to Teach Kodu

    I recently ran some workshops to prepare students to be peer mentors and to mentor younger students with Kodu. The method I suggest is to have mentors show students some small steps and then let the students try. The latest version of Kodu has some really nice step by step lessons that students can do on their own or with a peer. After a lesson we encourage the students to try the same things on their own from where the lesson leaves off. For example adding a second character and having that character do something similar but slightly different from what was done in the lesson. I also encourage...
  • Time Flies When Learning Is Fun

    I did some work workshops with the great people from Digital Wish again this week (see also Teaching Teachers and Students Together ) We did a full day workshop on web development using Expression Web using the Heavy Metal Car tutorial workshop from http://expression.microsoft.com/education We were able to cram a lot of learning into one day and by the end of the day the students (high school students and faculty mixed) had created a web page that included quite a bit of learning. Actually it was a pretty crammed day but pretty much everyone was able to keep up with the fast pace. I think the fact...
  • Interesting Links 23 January 2012

    Last week really reminded me of how much I miss being in the classroom. Two all-day workshops with a mix of students and adults. Lots of good learning going on. It was wonderful to see people “getting it” and learning some new things. I need to get in front of more students more often. A lot of links to share this week. The first one is the big one. Time Running Our for Proposals for the CSIT Conference This message is brought to you by the CSTA member listserv. The proposal submission deadline for the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) 12th Annual Computer Science & Information Technology...
  • 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...
  • Seeking Your Ideas for Gaming and Learning

    There seems to be much interest recently on divining the successful intersection between gaming and learning. The noteworthy primer on the subject comes from Jane McGonigal’s compelling book Reality is Broken . I had the pleasure of meeting Jane this...
  • Cool new devices for schools at CES

    I’m back in the office after a quick trip to Las Vegas for CES . I love to walk the show floor each year to see all the new gadgets, not just because it’s fun to tinker with new technology, but because I like to get a first look at the new...
  • BETT 2012: School in a Box Presentation Slides & eBook

    Reflecting on a great BETT, thanks to everyone who stopped by our stand, one of the most popular sessions within our Theatre Stand was the School in a Box presentation delivered by our Schools Business Managers, Sean O’Shea and Mark Reynolds . Delivered...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Software Engineering High School

    It sounds like a movie title doesn’t it? Like Super Hero High for geeks. But in this case New York City gets a Software Engineering High School this coming Septembers for real. What’s it going to be like? It looks like Joel Spolsky and other software professionals including involvement from a number of major software related firms are involved from the industry side. From the academic side Mike Zamansky   from New York’s Stuyvesant High School and Leigh Ann Jervis DeLyser are involved. Leigh Ann is someone I have known for a while. She was my trainer when I helped grade the APCS exam a bunch...
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
  • How can I find out what enhancements/updates are made to Office 365 on an ongoing basis?

    We just added a new ‘Service Update’ website to the Office 365 Wiki where you can see all the updates added to the service in chronological order. This is useful to learn what new features and capabilities are being added to Office 365 service and when...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Conversations @Microsoft Institute–Boston 1 of 4

    Microsoft Partners in Learning went to the Cradle of Liberty to focus on leadership and school innovation at the Microsoft Institute Boston. Read some of the agenda highlights on leading with vision. No related posts. ...read more