March, 2012

  • Palm Beach Co. Educators invited to Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    On Monday I was fortunate to visit Palm Beach Co. School District’s annual Technology Conference (see: #sdpbctechconf ) which aims to bring educators from across this large district together for professional learning focused on education technology. This...
  • DevCamps–More Opportunities to Learn Windows 8 Development

    Microsoft is happy to announce that Windows 8 DevCamps have been added to the DevCamps program to enable developers to build beautiful Metro style apps and publish them to the Windows Store. There are over 100 events on the devcamps.ms/windows site and registration is open now!   Be sure to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview . And, don't forget to download Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8 and seize the future of development. In or near New York Los Angeles or Chicago also check out Windows Reimagined ...read more
  • Windows Reimagined–Windows 8 Developer Events

    Windows 8 is going to be a big change for a lot of people. Microsoft is of course doing a lot to help people prepare for this. As part of this effort Microsoft is running a set of anchor events to help developers get started learning how to create new Metro-style apps. These all day events are free! If you are near one of these locations you may want to think about a professional development day. (Or a field trip?) Registration is free but required. BTW I’m headed to the one in New York. Hope to see you there. Windows reimagined. Learn everything you need to start building Metro-style apps for...
  • Bridging the Opportunity Divide for Our Youth

    A grand opportunity for public-private partnership exists to bridge the opportunity gap for our planet’s youth. In the United States, our unemployment rate has continued to decline for several months. As of this writing, the national unemployment figures are 8.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics . This has been and is great [...] ...read more
  • Putting a spotlight on the opportunity divide for youth around the world

    (Cross post from the Microsoft Corporate Citizenship blog .) Today the International Youth Foundation has released a report that looks at the growing education and social challenges facing youth around the world. At a time when we have more young...
  • Why Universities Should Host High School Programming Contests

    I finished up last week with a trip to Western New England University where they were running a high school programming contest. I love these events because I think they have real value for the students and the teachers who bring them. For the students the values start with seeing that they are not alone. Programming students tend to be fairly rare in most high schools. The ones who really enjoy programming even more rare. Part of that may be the way we teach, part of it may be the lack of time for personal projects and part of it may just be that programming can be hard. But at programming contests...
  • Stop Bullying

    (Cross post from the Bing Search blog .) We’ve shared some amazing examples of people doing incredible things and today, we want to shine a light on an important issue that has likely touched you, or your loved ones. Bullying affects millions...
  • Educating the Next Generation to Compete

    (Guest post by Fred Humphries, Vice President, U.S. Government Affairs, Microsoft) As our country continues to rebound from the global economic crisis, more and more attention is being paid to our future – and in particular the future of the...
  • 26 March 2012

    Busy week (as usual) in between meetings and trying to Get ready for Windows 8 . I also spent some time at a high school programming contest which I’ll have more to say about tomorrow. And of course I gathered some good links to share. From the CSTA the March issue of the CSTA Voice : K-8 CS Education is now available. If you are a member you should have received a copy in the mail. If you are not a member you can read this issue online. And oh by the way if you are a computer science teacher you should really join at the CSTA web site . Microsoft is running a great learning event in New York City...
  • Who Is In Charge

    I have to confess that I have not been doing a great job of keeping up with my blog reading lately.  I’ve been reading more books for pleasure lately. That’s been great in some respects but in others I feel like I am missing things. One post I almost missed was this one by Scott McLeod called Economically-disadvantaged students learn to do what the computer tells them . The post included two 20-year old quotes that ring as true today as they did then. Actually perhaps more so. One of them was this one: Economically disadvantaged students, who often use the computer for remediation and basic...
  • What is the difference between Exchange Online Unified Messaging and Exchange 2010 on prem Unified Messaging?

    This was a question asked by a large university in Ohio moving towards Office 365. Diagram showing non-SIP based PBX connecting to Exchange Online Unified Messaging   The good news is Exchange Online UM is almost the same in functionality to the...
  • Getting Ready For Windows 8

    Like almost everyone at Microsoft I have been hard at work getting ready for Windows 8. I’ve got the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and the Visual Studio Express Beta for Windows 8 of course. Trying out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been fun as I get used to the new interface. Of course as a developer by nature I want to get into Windows apps as soon as possible. So I have bee gathering a few resources already. Key among those are some items from the Metro style apps dev center .  Believing that reading the documentation IS the shortcut I am starting with the Windows 8 developer guide . Things...
  • New Checklist Guidance for Hybrid Deployment with Exchange 2003

    Just announced on The Exchange Team Blog, “We're happy to announce that the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant (ExDeploy) has been enhanced to include support for configuring hybrid deployments using Exchange 2010 SP2 and the Hybrid Configuration Wizard...
  • The Best and Most Innovative Teachers

    Being somewhat opinionated about the subject (who am I kidding – most subjects) and at the same time being more or less incapable of keeping my opinions to myself I have written here about what makes a good teacher a number of times. I’ve talked about subject matter expertise and passion for the subject and for sharing that knowledge several times. But of course its more complicated than that – most things are. In a recent conversation with a person whose job it is to help teachers become better teachers I was told “the good teachers all want help to become better. The poor teachers are not interested...
  • Guest post: Educator Examines His Teaching, Shares His Learning

    A guest post from Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum alumni Lou Zulli, Jr ., who was a two-time winner at the 2011 Forum. Over the next two months I am hosting bi-weekly guest posts from Forum alumni with the intent of hearing from educators who...
  • SharePoint Online Templates

    Microsoft SharePoint MVP Alex Pearce , of BFC Networks , has been a busy man over the last few months! If he’s not helping us present at the annual BETT show in London he’s building SharePoint 2010 templates for education – these also work with SharePoint...
  • Windows Phone Software Development Kit

    I know I have mentioned the Windows Phone SDK (software development kit) a lot in the past but usually only as a reference along with other things. It really deserves a post of its own though. T he Windows Phone Software Development Kit (SDK) 7.1 provides you with all of the tools that you need to develop applications and games for both Windows Phone 7.0 and Windows Phone 7.5 devices. In the past there were sometimes a couple of separate downloads required in order to make everything work together but these days one site has it all. At the AppHub you can get the Windows Phone SDK , explore the...
  • Interesting Links 19 March 2012

    Have you gotten the free software tools to develop for Windows Phone 7.5 and Xbox LIVE Indie Games   Please take a look at these great resources. By the way I have added a new list to this blog of Useful Download Resources you’ll find it on the main page. You’ll find some good links there for: Windows 8 Consumer Preview Visual Studio Express Beta for Windows 8 Web Matrix Windows Phone Development Resources Kathleen Weaver has started an interesting project. She is writing about Programming in Visual Basic in order to teach programming. The site is in blog format so start reading at http:/...
  • ChronoZoom–a new way to look at history

    Microsoft Research announced a new project a couple of days ago called ChronoZoom - An Infinite Canvas in Time   and you can get full information at that link but the intro paragraph below is a bit of an idea of what this is about. I think this will be interesting to history teachers as well as computer science teachers. ChronoZoom is an open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything. Big History is the attempt to understand, in a unified, interdisciplinary way, the history of cosmos, Earth, life, and humanity. By using Big History as the story line, ChronoZoom...
  • Pex4fun, an online lab for APCS

    Are you teaching Advanced Placement Computer Science? Are you looking for supplemental exercises that may help you students with the concepts? If so this announcement may be of interest to you. Pex for Fun has been around for a while offering coding duels in C#, F# and Visual Basic. Recently though it was decided to invest some time, money and effort to adapt some exercises specifically to help learn APCS concepts. Most students find the differences between Java and C# pretty minor at this level so most APCS students will find this doable even if they have only been taught Java previously. ...
  • Booking resource calendars in Office 365

    My customers asked about resource calendars and where do I increase the advanced booking settings in Office 365. This is done via powershell. You have to set-calendarprocessing “resource” –bookingWindowInDays 365.   In my case I only had one change...
  • New Lower Prices For Office 365

    Yesterday Kirk Koenigsbauer , Corporate Vice President of the Microsoft Office Division product management group, made an announcement about some changes we’ve made to the pricing for Office 365 for enterprises, and Office 365 for education. “As we rapidly...
  • Tic Tac Toe for Windows Phone

    Introduction We are going to create a simple Tic Tac Toe game for Windows Phone. We’ll be using Visual Studio as our development environment and C# for our programming language. All the resources you need are listed below and all are free.   Resources: VISUAL STUDIO 2010 EXPRESS FOR WINDOWS PHONE http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/products/2010-editions/windows-phone-developer-tools   or http://bit.ly/ymbC9Q   Windows Phone for Absolute Beginners video series http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Windows-Phone-7-Development-for-Absolute-Beginners   or http://bit.ly/x72NnV...
  • Talking about gaming and learning at SXSWedu

    Last week, I had the chance to attend the 2nd annual SXSWedu event. It was a great time for networking and learning, and I think they’ve taken the spirit and energy of the main SXSW film and music festival and applied to a more thoughtful and open...
  • Interesting Links 12 March 2012

    In between the usual meetings, email exchanges, phone calls and meeting basketball stars ( Why College? ) I managed to collect a good number of links this week. Please read though the whole list and I am sure you’ll find something of value. I hope so. And a reminder that if you find something I should know about and share let me know. Use the comments or the Email Blog Author link. In fact contact me if I can help you with anything at all. Thanks for reading. Tara Walker has the scoop on the Windows 8 Developer Camps – Coming Soon! If you do development or teach development or both you will want...