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April, 2012

  • Silicon Valley educators on their way to the Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum

    Last Saturday, on a lovely day in Silicon Valley I had a chance to visit a group of amazing educators convened by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), a forward-thinking non-profit chartered to drive innovative teaching and learning within...
  • What Do Magic and Computer Science Have in Common?

    Industrial Light and Magic has got to be one of the coolest company names I have ever heard. It doesn’t hurt that what they do is also pretty darn cool. The Computer Science Teachers Association just announced that Alex Suter, Research & Development Engineer for Industrial Light & Magic will be the closing keynote at this year’s Computer Science & Information Technology (CS & IT) Conference . Alex’s presentation, Industrial Software & Magic , will touch on his background in computer science and how he uses CS in his job. Alex is known for his work on movies such as Eragon, Starwars...
  • dream.build.play reminder

    The dream.build.play challenge is still wide open for people looking to take their Windows Phone or Xbox 360 game to the next level and win some big prizes. Create a Game & Bring Your Ideas to Life It’s time for the Dream.Build.Play Challenge! Open to anyone over age 14, the playing field now includes both Windows Phone and Xbox 360. With two exciting ways to compete and more prizes than ever before, anything is possible. Someone’s going to win big — will it be you? Registration is open until May 15th – that is after the APCS exam so your students have time and perhaps some incentive to work...
  • Celebrate National Robotics Week Apr 7-15, 2012

    Consumer robotics may represent the next era in computer science and consumer electronics. This is the week to learn more about what’s next in Robotics. National Robotics Week 2012 Movies have depicted our future with robotics through cinema history.  Some of you may remember the robots from science fiction television series [...] ...read more
  • Interesting Links Post 9 April 2012

    I need a favor. A small favor. I need people to click this link and go vote for the Imagine Cup People’s Choice awards . Yes I am trying to get more people to use my link to get to the voting site so I can win a prize. Evil I know. BUT what I’d also like you to do is seriously think about voting for Digital Infinity, one of the teams in the game design category. They are leading in their category as I write this but I really want to see them scoring more than the top team in the other category as well. Why? Well this is a group of very hard working students who are competing against university...
  • Learn The Cloud. Make A Difference. @home with Windows Azure

    How does learning about cloud computing while contributing to scientific research sound to you? Join us for @home with Windows Azure to get a solid understanding of the Windows Azure platform while giving back to a very deserving cause. What is @home with Windows Azure? Microsoft provides a 90-day free trial of Windows Azure where you can kick the tires and run an application in the cloud 24x7, cost-free. Why not use that free compute time to give back to a deserving cause?  The @home with Windows Azure project is an online activity where you use those 90-days of free compute time (or your...
  • Can eBooks Make Minority Students More Avid Readers?

    A new report from Pew Research Center highlights “ the rise of e-reading “ and the Americans who read electronically. Only one of these students read an eBook last year.  This is a timely study as more schools and universities investigate how ETEXT can be a core component of next-generation [...] ...read more
  • Where can I go to find Office 365 help documentation?

    I was asked by a university in northern California evaluating Office 365 where they could find help reference files: Where is the main Office 365 help site? There is a main Office 365 help main page where you can search and drill into various Office 365...
  • Seniors Groove With Kinect for XBOX 360

    We have written a lot about this generation’s students getting immerse in Kinect. Now the seniors are taking their turn with Kinect for XBOX 360 for wellness and fun. Read the full story at Microsoft News Center “ Exergamers Wellness Club Uses Kinect and HealthVault to Enhance Seniors’ Well-being “ ...read more
  • Microsoft and GE Form New Health IT Company

    Introducing Caradigm … a new kind of health IT company announced by GE Healthcare and Microsoft Corp. Important news for our medical schools and universities. Learn more at the GE News Center . ...read more
  • Have You Joined Microsoft Partners in Learning?

    This is one of those announcements that hits my inbox that is for all teachers in K-12. Partners in Learning is a community of educators of all subjects and age groups. Something here for everyone. Microsoft Partners in Learning would like to invite you to join the new ‘Partners in Learning Network ’ – a worldwide community of educators and schools www.pil-network.com . Embraced by the theme ‘Your Ideas Matter’ the PiL Network is a community for you, by you, and further amplifies the great work that is being done every day by teachers and schools around the world.  With this idea in mind,...
  • Women In Computer Science–What Happened?

    Years ago, when I was a student at Taylor University (in what is now the Taylor Computer Science and Engineering department)  there were more women in computer science than there are today. The women did as well as the men under what I would call some challenges. Specifically they had a curfew (this was a long time ago) and the men didn’t. Many of the male students would stay up until all hours of the day and night working on projects while the women left the computer center at what would be generally considered a reasonable hour. And yet the women always had their projects in on time. Somehow...
  • Guest post: 21st Century Skills a Must-Do in 21st Century Instruction

    A guest post from Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum alumni Melanie Wiscount., who was the “Educator’s Choice” finalist at the 2011 US Forum. Part of an ongoing “occasional guest post series” hearing from educators who have experienced this unique...
  • Why Windows is Expanding My Thinking on BYOD

    Windows 7 made the solid foundation for building Windows 8. Now, Windows will expand your thinking about how to do Bring Your Own Device. I have written about BYOD before .  I continue to argue two principle points: It is not the device that is mobile. It is you–the student, the educator, the administrator, the [...] ...read more
  • 2012 US Imagine Cup People’s Choice Voting

    The voting is now open for the US Imagine Cup People’s Choice award . You can visit the web site on Facebook and view profiles of the 22 teams who are attending the US Finals and select your favorite. All the teams are great and or course made their way through a rigorous selection process. We had more teams than ever apply this year and the overall quality of teams just gets better and better. While 21 of the 22 teams are made up of college/university students one of the teams, Digital Infinity , is made up of four high school students from Springbrook High School. I am told that two of the students...
  • The Science of Storytelling

    New technologies from Microsoft Research are enabling scientists, researchers, and citizen scientists to build better narratives with big data. I talk with a lot of education stakeholders about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (collectively STEM) Education weekly.  There is an urgent and nationwide need to bolster our high school and college graduates in STEM disciplines and careers. President Obama [...] ...read more
  • DigiGirlz Cambridge MA

    Last Friday Microsoft NERD ( New England Research and Development Center ) was pleased to host DigiGirlz Day for close to 300 high school girls from around Massachusetts and New Hampshire. About DigiGirlz Day During the event, students interact with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it's like to work at Microsoft. This exciting event provides girls with career planning assistance, information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking exercises, and interesting Microsoft product demonstrations. By...
  • Interesting Links 2 April 2012

    I spent part of last week Getting Ready For Windows 8 . Sad to admit but it took me until last week to install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview over the developer preview I had been running. But I did. And I also installed Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8 and I’m working on my first Windows 8 Metro apps. I’ve been taking the short cut of reading some of Dr. Z’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How To Series articles. Reading the directions are the shortcut. BTW I told that to a group of high school women in a workshop at Digigirlz last week (more on that tomorrow) and...