April, 2012

  • TEALS: Helping students discover computer science

    (repost from the Microsoft Corporate Citizenship blog) By Gretchen Deo, Citizenship & Public Affairs, Microsoft Recently I sat with a group of 22 kids from Rainier Beach High School & South Shore Middle School who were on Microsoft’s...
  • Microsoft's new investment in the future of digital reading

    We are excited about the opportunity digital reading has to provide new avenues for personalized learning to help students and teachers realize their full potential. Today, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Barnes & Noble to develop...
  • Finalists Announced for Round 1 of the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    The first round of applications are in for the 8th annual Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum and we are pleased to officially announce the first group of educators invited to attend the Forum this summer in Redmond. This year we’ve received...
  • Reimagining Academic and Scholarly Research through Cloud Computing

    How do you out-educate and out-innovate the rest of the world? It starts with making investments in scholarly and basic research. For most, the pursuit to solve the mysteries of humankind and discover new knowledge happens in our world-class American...
  • Guest post: Three-time Partners in Learning US Forum alum reflects on her evolution teaching students and teachers

    As part of the continued occasional series of guest blog post by Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum alumni, this week we feature educator Kelli Etheredge, who has the esteemed honor of being three-time alum to the Forum and who also had her project...
  • Essential Reading: Office 365 for education

    If you’ve been looking at Microsoft’s cloud services for a while now, in particular Live@edu , then you may well have seen the trusty deployment guide that has helped many customers deploy Live@edu in their institutions successfully. Wouldn’t it be great...
  • Plagiarism v. Learning

    The SIGCSE mailing list has been having a very active discussion of plagiarism in computer science classes of late. These discussions seem to recur with disappointing regularity. If not in the SIGCSE list they show up on the APCS mailing list. These discussions tend to follow some very predictable paths. They start with attempts at writing a bulletproof statement of acceptable use and reuse. Students are amazing “classroom lawyers” and find loopholes that a tax attorney would be amazed at. This leads invariably to a discussion of what is and is not plagiarism. Code sharing? A good think in the...
  • Microsoft Research Mashup for Pictures and Video

    Microsoft Research Cliplets is an interactive app that will that will let you create the newspaper images from Hogwarts’ Daily Prophet.   Okay, maybe I used a little hyperbole in that introduction. However, when I first discovered MSR’s Cliplets –the images in the Daily Prophet came immediately to my mind. Cliplets can [...] Related Stores: Project Tuva: Classic Richard Feynman Lectures Now Available Through Microsoft Research The Science of Storytelling MYSCIENCE. The Consumerization of Science [updated] ...read more
  • What type of migration throughput can I get when migrating to Office 365?

    This is a question I get asked quite often from customers.  There are certainly many variables that factor into your average throughput during a migration including data source, network, migration engine, service throttling, etc. We just released...
  • Round 1 Finalists for 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum

    The big news for me yesterday was at Finalists Announced for Round 1 of the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum . I attended this event as a judge last year and learned an incredible amount from these amazing teachers. This first round announced 44 teachers representing 32 projects from across 15 states. Applications are still being accepted for the second round. What I did below was to pick out the computer science related projects to give you a taste of what people are doing and perhaps spur you on to applying. The projects below include several Kinect based projects , a Kodu project...
  • Recognizing Teachers Who Recruit Women and Girls into STEM

    The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology has opened nominations for the A. Richard Newton Educator Award to recognize educators who engage in new, innovative and successful practices and programs to attract more women and girls into STEM fields.  I really believe that finding, highlighting and rewarding educators for these sorts of activities is an important community activity. If you are doing good things to attract and retain women and girls in high school or in undergraduate education or know someone who is please consider making a nomination. The A. Richard Newton Educator Award...
  • Young People Doing Exciting Things

    This has been an inspiring week for me. Last weekend though Monday I was in Redmond for the US Imagine Cup . Great projects. Today I am at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St Louis. And I’m seeing some amazing things here already. For example imagine a robot arm controlled by leg movements? Robotics Advancing The Human Condition is a project that does just that.  IMSA's FIRST Robotics Team 2022, Titan Robotics, inspired by IMSA's Principal/Vice President for Academic Programs, Dr. Eric McLaren, will lead a competition to design and build during the off season robotics devices that...
  • Automatic Replies & MailTips

    “Did you get my last email?” Have you ever sent an email to someone and wondered why you haven’t had a response? Is that distribution group you asked a question to ignoring you? Chances are you’ve encountered people who aren’t making best use of automatic...
  • US Imagine Cup Winners 2012

    The 2012 Imagine Cup is now history for most teams. A few are still involved as they are on their way to Sydney Australia for the world wide finals this July. So far that includes FlashFood who will be representing the US in the Software design invitational. Congratulations to them. We know they will represent us well Down Under. In other news the high school team from Springbrook High School took second place in the Game Design – Xbox category. That is two years in a row that a high school team has taken second in that category. If there was ever any doubt that high school kids could compete this...
  • India Ministry Selects Live@Edu in Microsoft’s Largest Cloud Deployment Ever to 7.5 Million People

    This week, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) branch of India’s Ministry of Human Resources and Development made a big bet on delivering a brighter future for not only India’s up-and-comers, but for the future of India itself...
  • Keeping it real

    Lee Kolbert wrote a blog post ( Dear Will Richardson ) that I see as a real call to action for those of us who promote ourselves as experts working to help teachers do their jobs better. The basic suggestion is that those of us who have been out of the classroom for 5 to 10 years should take a year or two and go back into the classroom for a year or two. Things in education change. Or sure we like to think things change glacially slowly but in fact some things do change. The emphasis on high stakes testing for example is largely new in the last 5 to 10 years. It is easy for people to forget what...
  • Interesting Links 23 April 2012

    I’ve been in Redmond WA at Microsoft’s headquarters since last Friday for the US Finals of the Imagine Cup. The picture on the left is me with team Digital Infinity, the one high school team competing with university  students. (You can still vote for them in the People’s Choice voting until May 15th.  besides on Facebook you can vote by texting Digital to 45444) I’ve very excited to announce that Digital Infinity is one of the teams that made it to the very final round today . I’m really excited for them.  BTW there is a special prize for the team that gets the most people’s choice...
  • Fun is to Entertainment as Education is to Training

    How often have you heard a teacher say something to the effect that their job is not to entertain? My guess is pretty often. I know I have heard it a lot. Teachers jobs are to educate. What bothers me though is that learning should be fun! I just love to learn. That is why I read, why I attend conferences, why I do many things. I enjoy learning. I think learning should be fun and enjoyable. I see fun as different from entertainment. Basically entertainment is passive. One sits and watches someone else do something interesting and entertaining. Fun is participatory. Fun is taking part in the experience...
  • Get More Lync to Love

    Across the nation, Microsoft Education has been sharing our excitement and real impact stories about Microsoft Lync in Education.  Now, I want to share with you a few more things to love about Microsoft Lync. Tabbed Conversations Add-In for Microsoft Lync 2010 Tabbed Conversations is an application that provides a tabbed Lync [...] ...read more
  • Interesting Links 16 April 2012

    Later this week I head out to Redmond Washington to take part in the US finals of the Imagine Cup. We have 22 teams coming out there for the event. Twenty one of these teams are from colleges and universities but one of them is from Springbrook high school. This high school team has been getting some media attention which I think is great. ( Springbrook Students’ Game Design Ranks in National Tech Contest ) I can’t wait to meet these kids in person. In the mean time I am voting for them in the Imagine Cup People’s choice voting – the team name is Digital Infinity. You can vote every day by the...
  • Interesting Links 30 April 2012

    Home again! A lot of traveling the last two weeks but I’ll be home for a while now. I had a great time at the FIRST Robotics Championship talking to students who did some interesting things with the Kinect. Before that the Imagine Cup finals and before that a couple of days in New York City. Today is catch up with all the email that I didn’t get to during all the travel. If you are waiting for something for me I’ll try hard to catch up as soon as possible. An interesting post in which a  Three-time Partners in Learning US Forum alum reflects on her evolution teaching students and teachers...
  • Microsoft Office 365 for Education - Webcast Series

    Work together from virtually anywhere. Help your students, faculty and alumni stay connected and work together from virtually anywhere! Provide free access to email, calendars, document sharing, instant messaging, video chat, mobile email, and more. Help...
  • Better Learning Through Movement

    And fun as well. Recently a co-worker sent me a link to some videos that were done by the Houston Independent School District about the pilot program they are running in several elementary schools. These schools are using video games involving the Kinect Sensor to help teach. And not just physical education which is sort of the default image people have for Kinect-based games but things like math as well. ( video and article in English - video and article in Spanish ) While test scores are not everything they are important and the early results indicate that student scores are climbing in these...
  • Computer Science Across the Curriculum

    Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with Seung Yu, the principal of the new Academy for Software Engineering , a new software/computer science focused school opening in New York City this fall. We had a great discussion about the school, its goals and how Microsoft might work with them. It’s an exciting idea – a school like this. I understand teacher openings have been posted and resumes are pouring in. I can imagine that to be the case.  Beyond this particular school I have found myself thinking about a broader issue of fitting computer science into the curriculum. Not just at a school...
  • The Schools Network chooses Office 365 for education

    The Schools Network—formerly known as the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust—is in the business of transforming education around the world. Over the past 25 years, this London-based, not-for-profit organization has built a world-class network of innovative...