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  • Interesting Links 16 January 2012

    Sorry this is late today. Not a good weekend or morning either. Should be close to 100% for the workshops I am presenting in Vermont on Wednesday and Thursday though. More of what I did last week ( Teaching Teachers and Students Together ) This week Ed Donahue is joining me for an Expression Web workshops. Should be fun for sure. Now off with some links that I hope you will find useful and/or interesting. First off the bat Lee Stott @ lee_stott writes about the amazing Windows Phone Curricula Resources DVD and Online resources a huge number of resources for anyone who wants to learn or teach Windows...
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr—An Enduring Legacy

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy has had an enduring impact on my life. As a native of Birmingham, AL, I know that my childhood and my present would be remarkably different if not for his passion for civil rights. No related posts. more
  • Higher Innovation Week RT, Jan. 13, 2012

    Welcome to the first Week in Retweets featuring the Top Stories from the week ending January 13, 2012. No related posts. more
  • Teaching Teachers and Students Together

    The other day Chris Bowen (that’s Chris working with students below) and I gave a Kodu workshop for a group of students and teachers in Vermont. This was a train the trainer sort of work shop and the students will be acting as peer tutors as part of after school programs in their local schools. Some of the adults were teachers from the same schools while others were teacher trainers from the Digital Wish program who organized the workshop. Having both students who ranged from about 6th grade though high school and adults in the same workshop was pretty interesting. Generally speaking the adults...
  • Kinect for Kids: Playful Learning Initiative

    Microsoft Kinect for Kids is changing the ways kids learn through play. Learn more about Playful Learning Initiative after the break. Related posts: Come and Play on Sesame Street, Really Let’s Play Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko [updated] Kinect for Windows Starts Feb 1 more
  • OWA and Client Authentication

    OWA URL So you are deploying Office 365 in a hybrid configuration. Of course you want to configure the clients to go to the same URL. It would not be seamless and that is the goal of a migration. So if you have a URL that is
  • Microsoft Stores Thrilled to Become FIRST Sponsors!

    In an exciting new partnership, Microsoft Stores across the country are teaming up with FIRST robotics teams to provide Kinect hardware and software development kits along with technical support. “It just seemed like a perfect fit,” explained Steph Ramsey, a Community Development Specialist at the Mission Viejo, CA Microsoft store. “We are thrilled to be able to use our resources to sponsor and support teams that are as passionate about technology and technology education as we are.” The 14 Microsoft stores are deeply committed to community engagement and promoting technology education to students...
  • Kinect for Windows Starts Feb 1

    Kinect for Windows will be commercially available Feb 1. What does this mean for classroom learning? Related posts: You Can Judge A Book By Its Sensors Can XBOX 360 Turn Anyone into a Rock Star? Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko [updated] more
  • Join the new Partners in Learning Network today and start spreading ideas to improve education worldwide

    I’m delighted to officially announce the launch of our revamped Partners in Learning Network here at the BETT Show in London. Originally launched in 2009, the new community site is now open to teachers and school leaders in over 115 countries, and...
  • Come and Play on Sesame Street, Really Let’s Play

    The next time you tickle Elmo, it may be on XBOX 360 with Kinect. The Kinect for Kids Playful Learning Initiative is moving to Sesame Street. Let's meet the new neighbors. Related posts: Can XBOX 360 Turn Anyone into a Rock Star? Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko [updated] Fly the Friendly Skies with Microsoft Flight more
  • Classified: For Education Only

    In the symphony of education assets, Microsoft has instruments for you to play first position as a teacher or student. Checkout this incredible collection curated by the Microsoft Partners in Learning team. Related posts: Kinecting with Innovative Educator Johnny Kissko [updated] Frank Machos Teaches Cameron Evans about Music, Marketing, and Consumerism more
  • The importance on assessing students’ 21st century skills, not just math, science and reading

    (Cross-post from the Microsoft EMEA Press Centre blog.) This week, Microsoft is taking part in the annual Education World Forum in London. For us, it’s a great opportunity to meet with education ministers from around the globe and hear about...
  • Microsoft CES 2012 Live Feed

    The 2012 Consumer Electronics Show is about to begin. Watch it streaming live on Higher Innovation. Related posts: CES 2009: Hopes and Predictions Lync Mobile Clients Are Here! more
  • Kicking off the New Year in the UK at the BETT 2012 Show

    Guest post from Lauren Woodman, General Manager of Worldwide Partners in Learning. What a great way to start the New Year! I am very excited to be in London this week as Microsoft has a major presence at two key education events. To kick off the week...
  • Interesting Links 9 January 2012

    Wow! What a weekend I had. Microsoft was pretty involved with the kick off of this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition . We gave each of the 2,200 or so teams a Kinect to use to control their robots. I was able to attend some of the kickoff events including presenting a workshop on Kinect for FRC and the Founder’s Reception at Dean Kamen’s house the night before the unveiling of the game. What an exciting game this looks to be. Ok there was ore to the week and I do have some links to share. I hope you find at least one of them useful.e Last month I posted about Microsoft Kicks Off Cloud Fundamentals...
  • Kinect for FRC 2012

    Tomorrow is the official kickoff for the FIRST Robotics Competition . One of the things that means is that today is a day of workshops at FIRST Place in Manchester NH. I started my day here by presenting a 45 minute workshop on how the Kinect is used with FRC robots this year. There were some things I could not cover because the full game details will not be released until tomorrow of course. But I was able to provide some context and some architectural information that I hope was helpful to the 60 or so attendees who were present and how ever any people were watching the web cast. I am told that...
  • 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 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...
  • 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. more
  • 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...
  • 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:  ...
  • Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition

    Registration for the Microsoft Bliink 2012 Illinois Web Design Competition is now open. 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 more